Paignton Picture House is one of the most remarkable buildings in Torbay and one of the most important historic cinemas in the UK.

The aims of the original Directors back in 1915 was 'to produce a picture house distinctly superior to any of the provincial houses' and it advertised itself as 'the coolest house in Paignton' due to its early take-up of electric lighting and air conditioning.

It welcomed many locals through its doors including the international crime writing icon Agatha Christie. Sadly, with the rise of the modern multiplex, Paignton Picture House closed its doors in 1999 and sat dormant without a role in our community.

In 2013, a group of local people with a passion for historic buildings and regenerating Torbay came together to set-up a Trust and that is where our story begins.


We have great confidence that our £40,000 investment will bring about financial benefits to the local economy far in excess of that figure once the Trust’s plans come to fruition.
— Simon Hickman, Historic England