Final curtain for Bournemouth's ABC cinema

ABC cinema 1998 Credit: ITV news

Bournemouth's historic ABC cinema which dates back 80 years is set for its final curtain call today. The building opened in the town centre in 1937 before converting to a multiplex in 1989. The owners are asking people to share their memories of the venue. The building in Westover Road is the last remaining cinema bearing the ABC name in the country.

Credit: Cinema Theatre Association Archive

Spencer Clark, General Manager of the ABC cinema, said: "There is so much wonderful nostalgia associated with the ABC brand and we would like to give the final cinema the send-off it deserves. It's the end of an era and we want local people to have the opportunity to be part of history and watch the final screening. We'd also love for people to take a trip down memory lane and to share with us any special stories or photographs from past visits for us to display in the reception area. You could be part of a couple who had their first date at the ABC and are now married and return for anniversaries, or you might have fond memories of schools trips there years ago - whatever your recollection, we'd love to hear about it."