Paignton Picture House
Torbay Road,Paignton, TQ4 6AF
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Paignton picture house 20 Sep 1990, Thu Herald Express (Torquay, Devon, England) Newspapers.com
bobtomgrim: I have added a page for the Regent Cinema. Please let me know if you have any further details.
Look under “Theatres” at the top of the page and then “Add your favourite”
Ken, I see no mention of the Regent cinema in Station Square, Paignton. I can’t seem to find the facility here to add a cinema? Bob
Now in the hands of the Paignton Picturehouse Trust
I knew the manager of the Torbay Picture House, John Mann. It was opperated by Reel cinemas until it closed. I was there on the final night, very sad indeed it was too.
The demise of the cinema was due to only short term leases being granted by the Torbay Steam Railway, so very little could be done by way of investing money into the site by the operators.
It was thought that the Apollo Cinema would be agreeable to operating the Torbay PH as an extra traditional screen, mainly for re-runs of older classics possibly, and for when a really good modern film came along, and the extra large auditorium was needed… this was not to be though, as the railway were determined to close the cinema, and as has been mentioned, convert the hall to a booking office and shops…
Listing was the only saving grace for the Torbay PH, but the building is starting to deteriorate….
Shot of the screen from the rear stalls here:–
a scan of a photo i took in 1988 with Fatal Attraction as the main feature
Two vintage and a current photographs, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives: