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The Plaza

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7942 / 50°47'38"N

Longitude: -1.0799 / 1°4'47"W

OS Eastings: 464947

OS Northings: 99803

OS Grid: SZ649998

Mapcode National: GBR VST.PK

Mapcode Global: FRA 86MZ.WMT

Plus Code: 9C2WQWVC+M3

Entry Name: The Plaza

Listing Date: 4 October 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386875

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474287

Location: St. Thomas, Portsmouth, PO5

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Thomas

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southsea St Luke and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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774-1/23/317 The Plaza


Cinema, now bingo hall. 1928. Red brick in Flemish bond,
painted brick and faience. Composite roof on slates.
EXTERIOR: 1 storey and balcony. 7 bays. (bays 3 and 6 narrow).
North face: curved projecting painted centre, 4 bays wide has
6 terrazzo steps approaching 2 wide recessed entrances, each
with 2-leaf glazed door set within panelled fronts. Flanking
detached Doric columns, paired at curved centre. On each side
is a projecting bay with recessed entrance, horizontally
rusticated at ground floor, moulded jambs, flat arch and
keystone. 2-leaf panelled door with glazed top panels.
Entablature to centre 2 bays with cornice running through
flanking bays.
First floor has a detached Ionic column set over each of the
ground floor columns. Recessed panels between columns each
with 2 tripartite mullioned windows with leaded lights,
moulded sill and apron. Similar 1-light window to each side
bay with flanking Doric pilasters. Entablature with corbels at
centre 2 bays, parapet and coping.
Each of the flanking bays has a higher parapet with projecting
cap, die and base set over lower pilasters. Each of the
flanking left and right brick bays has a recessed centre with
two 2-light casements set under a flat stone arch, brick
jambs, banded stone sill. First floor has paired 2-light
timber mullioned and transomed casements with leaded lights.
Stone cornice and stone coped parapet.
At far left, brick bay has flat stone arched entrance with
2-leaf late C20 doors. Above are 2 tiers of 2-light casements
with flanking 1-light casements, leaded lights, each set under
a brick segmental arch. Parapet with stone coping.
Elevation facing Bradford Road has to left 4 tiers of 2-light
casements with leaded lights, each set under a brick segmental
arch. To right shop fronts with flanking pilasters and late
C20 infills. At high level are 7 boarded openings with rod
opening gear to each top ventilation panel. Bracketed eaves.
INTERIOR: auditorium is panelled at dado level. To each side
above dado are 5 paired engaged fluted Ionic columns,
entablature with dentilled cornice. Curved plaster ceiling
with curved beams. Proscenium at west end has moulded jambs
and segmental arch. Ornate patterned plasterwork with vase
ornament at each end. Balcony at opposite end (east) timber

front with slim balusters and raised panels. Balcony has
original seating, each row with ornate scrolled metal end
Main entrance vestibule has 2 `Tudor' type recesses on rear
wall face with moulded jambs and head; 4 uprights over each
shelf with grotesque carved figures. Cornice and splayed top.
Flat plastered ceiling with carved exposed beams. Plaster
cornice at junction between ceiling and walls. First floor has
decorated ceiling roses with moulded plaster cornice at
junction between ceiling and walls. Patterned plaster wall
panels depicting garlands and figures. Art Deco stained glass
"Sunburst" windows featured in leaded lights with graduating
shades of yellow surmounted with a blue sky. Queuing lobby on
left of main entrance had 17 Italian Renaissance panels and 4
Heraldic Coat of Arms panels now painted over except for 2
Renaissance panels near entrance.
(Knee R (Cinema Historian & Research Archivist): Letter to PCC
dated 25/6: 1993-).

Listing NGR: SZ6425599150

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