Torbay Cinema

Torbay Road,
Paignton, TQ4 6AF

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Biffaskin
Biffaskin on March 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

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….

Ian
Ian on March 22, 2010 at 1:51 am

Shot of the screen from the rear stalls here:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4453024501/

woody
woody on April 20, 2009 at 4:51 am

a scan of a photo i took in 1988 with Fatal Attraction as the main feature
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2007 at 8:16 am

Two vintage and a current photographs, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives:
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