Find out more about the work we are doing with Torbay Culture and the Paignton Picture House Trust (PPHT) to secure the future of this historic building.
The Picture House is one of Europe’s earliest purpose-built cinemas. It is a Grade II* listed building that is recognised for its historic and architectural significance. Once the restoration is complete, the historic landmark will be reopened for the community to use, learn from, and enjoy. The Picture House was identified as one of the priorities in the Torbay Heritage Strategy and is an important part of the Future High Streets Fund plans for Paignton, which will see the Torbay Road and Station Square area improved.
Together with Torbay Culture and the Paignton Picture House Trust (PPHT) we have a shared ambition to raise the position of culture and heritage in Paignton, that delivers long term community benefits such as employment and more collaborative working.
The following funding has been secured to put towards the restoration and development of the Picture House.
The investment from the government’s Cultural Development Fund (CDF) will enable us to make a real difference in Paignton over the coming years. The CDF is part of the Cultural Investment Fund from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), managed by Arts Council England. Torbay is one of seven areas in England to secure this second round of CDF, and the only location in the south west peninsula.