2016

Conservation Surveyor, Philip Hughes surveys the building to help inform the scope and costs of the restoration. Temporary lighting installed, dry rot treated, hazardous materials removed, fire exits re-instated. Modern canopy removed, revealing carved stonework, stained glass and entrance doors.

First project office open day for local meet and greet and volunteers to register interest. Continued support and updates from the Herald Express and featured in Devon Life. Interest from those wanting to use the venue, including public arts organisation, Situations.

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2015

The Trust officially buys the building from Dartmouth Steam Railway Company thanks to a £40,000 grant from Historic England and funding from Torbay Council.

Awarded a grant of £49,960 from the Coastal Revival Fund to start phase 1 works to make the building safe and open to the public yet again.

Well known architecture and interiors photographer, Paul Ryan-Goff donates his time to document the beauty of the untouched building before restoration begins.

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2013/2014

Charitable Trust set-up to save Paignton Picture House. The Trust has 4 founding trustees - Paul Hawthorne from the Devon School of English, Phil Raisey from Darnells Chartered Accountants, Sue Spackman from Devon Historic Buildings Trust and Christopher Wills from Wollen Michelmore solicitors.

Paignton Picture House celebrates its 100th birthday. Grants awarded from The Architectural Heritage Fund, the Cinema Theatre Association and the Torbay Mayor's Fund. Featured in the Herald Express, Western Morning News, BBC Radio Devon.