Apollo 9 Cinema

The Esplanade,
Paignton, TQ4 6AG

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Apollo 9 Cinema

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The Festival Theatre opened in June 1967 as a live theatre. The building is designed in a style similar to Art Deco cinemas of the 1930’s. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 1,470 on a single stepped floor. There was a restaurant and two licenced bars. Initially operated by the local council, in later years it was operated by Apollo Leisure Ltd.

The Festival Theatre closed on 3rd January 1999 with the show ‘Cinderella – on Ice". It was converted into the Apollo 9 Cinema which opened in Summer 1999.

Seating capacities in the screens range from 360, down to 33.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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abcman
abcman on October 17, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Went to the Festival Theatre in 1967 shortly after it opened to see ‘The Black & White Minstrel Show’ – the first of its summer season shows.Sight lines were terrible as the rake was very slight, which I believe was altered later.

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