Devon

Future of Devon picture house discussed

The Paignton Picture House
Image caption Tim Dyer said the picture house opened about 100 years ago

Several organisations are looking at the future of one of Devon's oldest cinemas.

The Art Nouveau building was the home of the Paignton Picture House. It closed in 1999.

The Devon Historic Buildings Trust and National Trust are among four organisations looking at future uses for the building.

A National Trust spokesperson said they wanted to hear the views of local people.

The building is one of only five grade II listed cinemas in the country.

The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company currently own the property.

Its marketing executive Tim Dyer said: "We're looking at different options for the future of the building."

"We want to get the building back in use," he added.

The business is working with The English Riviera tourism company and the other two organisations to discuss options.

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