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"Save the Gaumont" Petition



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In the 1980’s Rank Touring Organisation announced plans to turn the theatre into a Bingo Hall. The local community were outraged at the thought of losing the theatre and so the Save The Gaumont Committee was formed. The Committee actively fought against Rank’s plans and created a petition to save the theatre. This petition reached a total of 93,000 signatures before being submitted to Southampton City Council.


This archive item has been selected as part of our Mayflower 90 Collection, which features 90 archive items spanning across our 90 year history. If you would be interested in exploring more of our Mayflower 90 Collection then you can do so by searching Mayflower 90 in our online archive or through visiting the displays in our theatre.
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