Paignton Picture House is one of the most remarkable buildings in Torbay and one of the oldest and 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 was advertised as 'the coolest house in Paignton' due to its early take-up of electric lights and air conditioning.


It welcomed many locals through its doors including the 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 the regeneration of Torbay, came together to set-up The Paignton Picture House Trust to restore and give back this special place to the local community.

This historic building is at the heart of our town and community. Together we can see it returned to its former glory and act as a beacon for Torbay.
— Paul Hawthorne, chairman of the Trust