Walking tours explore cinemas now gone from Thanet’s three towns

Cinema Walk Broadstairs - ROYALTY (1934) now Serene Court flats

Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate may now only have one independent cinema between them, but the three towns have been filled with places to see a film since the dawn of moving pictures.

Join the Palace Cinema crew for walks to explore and celebrate them all, from converted sheds to glorious picture palaces, and from buildings still standing to those of which all flickering traces are long gone.

Cinema Walk Margate – PARADE (1911) now Old Kent Market

Taking in some local personalities and social history along the way, plus lots of archive images,  re-visit each town’s love for the sights, sounds and sensations of film from the 1890s to today.

Cinema Walk: Broadstairs – Sunday 6 August 10:30-11:30am

Cinema Walk: Margate -Sunday 20 August 10:30-11:30am

Cinema Walk: Ramsgate- Sunday 27 August 10:30-11:30am

Cinema Walk Ramsgate – ODEON (1936) now Iceland

Routes – Cinema Walks are in the centre of each town: Broadstairs is smaller and flatter but Ramsgate and Margate routes include hillier streets. Please contact the Palace in advance to check if the route is suitable for you / your group. Free places are offered to carers accompanying those with a disability.

£7 Adult

£6 Concession

£3.50 Under-15

Free – Carer accompanying disabled participant

Info & bookings thepalacecinema.co.uk

Thanet now cinemas, The Palace in Broadstairs and Carlton Cinema in Westgate (Independent) and Vue at Westwood (chain).


  1. Not forgetting Dreamland cinema and the plaza both still standing hopefully Dreamland won’t be left to decay the plaza I believe is still on use by the salvation army I believe there was two on northdown road one the site of a garage today the other the building is still standing.

    • Cameo was on Northdown Road. Dreamland originally seated 2000 before the split the cinema into 3 (plus a small video screen in what had been the bar). As kids we loved the Saturday morning flics from 10 till 12 and the organ that came up out of the floor. It is rumoured that the railway lines from the original 19th century station on the site still exist under the stage.

  2. I really miss The classic cinema-I rememember my dad taking me to watch the first Star wars film in 1977.

    • The classic has double seats in the 2 back rows with no walkway behind so very popular with teen couples who tended not to watch the films. Now Kent Market. The long projectionist now lives in USA but visits from time to time with his son.

  3. What a disappointing article, so many have missed out.
    What a missed opportunity, it could have been really interesting and a wonderful trip down memory lane!

    • Ramsgate had 4 cinemas plus a 5th one a long time ago near Daniel & Edwards.
      The Odeon
      The Palace Theatre
      The Picture House
      The Kings Theatre.

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