Vue Paignton

The Esplanade, Esplanade Road,
Paignton, TQ4 6AG

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Additional Info

Operated by: Vue

Previously operated by: Apollo Cinemas

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Festival Theatre, Apollo 9 Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440345.308.4620

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Vue Paignton

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.

In late-2014 it was taken over by Vue Cinemas.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

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.

AndreasP on November 6, 2018 at 1:32 pm

The coordinates are wrong, the cinema is actually at 50.43492 -3.55855

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