Torbay Cinema, Torbay Road, Paignton - Torbay (UA)

Cinema first licensed in 1912 and frequented by Agatha Christie. An extremely well preserved example of an early purpose-built cinema. The building closed in 1999 and Historic England helped with the transfer of ownership of the building to a new Trust. The Trust secured Coastal Revival funds in 2016 which have allowed the building to be accessible for public visits. A proposed grant from Historic England is in discussion in 2018 to address emergency work to the two-storey bay window. Further funding from other sources is being sought.

Torbay Cinema, Torbay Road, Paignton - Torbay (UA)
© Torbay Council

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: TORBAY CINEMA
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1208209
  • Local Planning Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Site Type: Recreational > Music speech and dance venue


  • Building Name: Torbay Cinema
  • Street Name: Torbay Road
  • Locality: Paignton
  • Unitary Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Torbay
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)