Title ID 11804Collection ID1502
TitlePlaza Cinema Margate, Dreamland
CollectionStingemore Family
Genre/TypeAmateurLocal TopicalNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsLeisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlan Stingemore
CameraAlan Stingemore
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


Views of the closed Plaza Cinema in Margate, Margate beach and Dreamland.


This short film starts on Grosvenor Hill, Margate, where we see the Plaza Cinema with its architectural decoration visible but in a poor state of repair. For Sale signs are seen on the building alongside advertising hoardings for Disney characters. From the end of the Harbour Arm we look back at the town with its large beach in the foreground. In the distance the distinctive shape of Margate's famous Dreamland leisure complex can be seen.


Contextual information

Originally opened as the Cinema De Luxe in February 1915, Margate’s Plaza received its new name in 1930. In 1936 the cinema's interior was given an Art Deco-style makeover and it continued screening films until 'Jaws 3D' marked the final performance in 1984. However, in October of that year the Plaza re-opened as an 'adult cinema', before closing two months later. After re-opening for summer seasons only from 1985 to 1987 the Plaza finally closed and its projection equipment was removed. The New Life Christian Fellowship used the Plaza as a church from 1988 to 2009. In 2014 the ex-cinema, now a Grade II listed building, was taken over by the Salvation Army.