The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Paignton Picture House
Paignton Picture House

South West

Paignton Picture House Trust

This cinema, possibly the oldest purpose built cinema in Europe, has a restoration appeal which is gathering momentum. The Paignton Picture House Trust are now offering tours of this 1915 building, which can be booked online via

After a long period of neglect and decay the Trust now has temporary lighting installed, dry rot treated, hazardous materials removed, fire exits reinstated, all revealing a fine interior.