Title ID 770Collection ID179
TitleDemolition in Folkestone
Date1972 - 1987
CollectionKen and June Paine
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCine Club Film-making Urban Life
KeywordsBuilding Construction Buildings Fire Services Houses Local History Seaside Resorts Urban Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChiffon Films
CameraKen Paine; June Paine
FormatColour Sound
Duration28 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film with a musical soundtrack which shows scenes of the redevelopment of Folkestone during the 1970s and 1980s. The opening title states, "We apologize for the below-average quality of some of the scenes in this film. They have been included because of their unrepeatable nature."


The film begins with scenes filmed in 1972 showing Victorian terraced houses and the old shopping streets of Folkestone. It then focuses on the building sites which are increasingly populating the town. Men work to demolish the buildings, which range from houses and schools to the Odeon Cinema. Film from the mid-1970s show the building sites are busy with construction activities, creating modern seafront apartments, Wimpey housing estates, multi-storey car parks, office buildings and shopping centres. The footage from the 1980s is however dominated by images of closed and empty shops and buildings with 'For Sale' and 'To Let' signs on them.

Note: This film has a piano and organ sound track which uses copyrighted music. Some of the images in this film are out of focus. A script accompanying this film is held by the archive.