Photo album compiled by Gordon Chapman. Includes images/artefacts of the Exeter cinemas: Exeter Palladium from the 1920s, the construction and opening of the Exeter Picturehouse in 1996, the Plaza Cinema in the 1930s (Marquee showing 'Go Into Your Dance' (1935) billed as 'Casino de Paree', advertisements for Grand Hotel (1932) & M (1931), Exeter Hippodrome, the closing and destruction of the Savoy Cinema, gravestone commemorating the "more than 160 persons who perished in the fire at the Exeter Theatre" and Bombardier F. Scattergood who tried to save them (5 September 1887), the Theatre Royal, the destruction of the Victoria Hall. Also includes images/artefacts of these Exmouth cinemas: the façade of the former Forum / New Pic House in 1998 and interiors from c. 1935 (now a bingo and social club), the façade of the former Regal cinema in 1998 (now a night-club), the Savoy / Picture Palace in 1996, postcards of the Pier Pavilion in 1917, advertisement for Bright Eyes (1934), Regal Cinema and bill posters from 1933, advert for Public Hall Cinema from December 1921. Ilfracombe: Embassy Cinemas Ilfracombe in 1978, 1997 & 2003 (later Pendle Stairway), Palace cinema, the Scala, Article: “Market Hall could be transformed: Cinema plan is ‘Christmas come early’” from 4 August 2006, discusses plans for new cinema in the area. Includes ‘What’s On?’ sections for Devon cinemas. Various other Devon cinemas: Holsworthy cinema and 1937 programme, Devonia Cinema in Honiton various points in time, The Barn Cinema in Hope Cove 1938, Town Hall Cinema (Regal, now King's) Kingsbridge in 1996, Regent Lyme Regis, Carlton Cinema in Okehampton (context provided construction demolishing two town squares in 1936 and photos of interior in 1998), Picture Palace / Premier in Okehampton 1925, Palace / Scala in Ottery St. Mary, Newton Abbot: Alexandra, Imperial Electric Theatre, Odeon. Paignton cinemas: Article "Grand buildings all but gone: Final scene of cinema history" includes Teignmouth's Riviera theatre and cinema, Paignton Picture House, Regal Cinema, Odeon Cinema (Palladium), Regent cinema, The Colony Cinema, Imperial Cinema, The Empire, Torquay's Odeon (Central Cinema). Festival theatre / Apollo multiplex and extension construction, Electric Picturedrome, Archway Film Studios. Extensive coverage of Torbay Cinema (Paignton Picture House) history, interiors, cinema manager, projection room, seating, advertisement for ‘The Smallest Show on Earth’ (1957) the cinema’s last gala/public performance in 1999 (includes a drawing depicting the newly opened multiplex as a satanic building), Radio 4 Bryan Frobes and Sarah Jane ‘Flicks in the Sticks’ programme. Article bookend “Let the old films roll” discusses possibility of re-opening the Torbay Cinema and the unpopular plans to turn it into a casino.

Item number 65408
Category Photo Album
Type Cinema Buildings
Language English
Related people Gordon Chapman (Compiler, historian)

Part of the Gordon Chapman Collection