How many of you remember Weymouth's Picturedrome cinema in Gloucester Street?

You may think of it as closing relatively recently but it actually shut down after 66 years on October 31, 1999.

The last film shown was Tarzan.

Weymouth's Picturedrome opened in 1933, as an Odeon, and had been converted from a bus garage. The auditorium was refurbished with improvements to the seating and a new Dolby sound system installed.

The auditorium originally seated over 500 people, but later in the cinema’s life the capacity was reduced to 412.

The ticket counter used an ancient Automaticket machine for dispensing the little tiny tickets that are never seen today. Child’s admission tickets were £2.70 and adults £3.50.

Thanks to the fascinating blog Last Days of the Picturedrome by and to the A Century of Cinema in Dorset book shared by Alvin Hooper for this information.