Pictures show the state of the ‘ruined’ Ramsgate theater put up for sale after the council rejected the arts center plan


New photos have emerged showing the poor condition of an old one Ramsgate cinema, which has now gone on sale. The Granville Theater has been an integral part of Victoria Parade since its construction in the 1940s.

It was later divided into two auditoriums, housing both a theater and a cinema. In March 2020, it closed at the start of the pandemic.

Since then, the site has remained unused, the plans for repurposing the building have not yet been decided. In March of this year, Kent Film Foundation aimed to acquire the property as part of a community right to bid phase, with the aim of creating a brand new community arts center named The Sandcastle. Plans included a new cinema, an organic restaurant and a theater for young people.

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But their submission to the council was unsuccessful and the plans were rejected. Thanet Borough Council’s decision was criticized in a Facebook post by Holby City actress Amy Lennox, who said the proposals for the ‘ruined’ Granville Theater would have created ‘an incredible asset for Ramsgate’.

A petition has also been launched to ‘save Ramsgate’s only cinema by backing the Kent Film Foundation’s proposal’, which at the time of writing has garnered over 5,000 signatures. The community right to bid phase expired on 20 April and, with no successful bids, the theater has now been put on the market.



Previous plans to convert the theater into a community arts center were rejected

Through Miles & Barr Commercial, the property will be marketed for a period of six weeks, after which all offers will be reviewed and assessed. Property details are expected to be posted on the Miles & Barr website in the near future.

A Thanet District Council spokesperson provided the following update. They say: ‘The Granville Theater in Ramsgate was designated an Asset of Community Value in October 2019.

“Bids have recently been solicited from interested parties wishing to undertake a transfer of community assets. One submission was received from the Kent Film Foundation but did not meet the criteria required for it to be selected.



The property will now be marketed for a period of six weeks, after which all offers will be reviewed and assessed.
The property will now be marketed for a period of six weeks, after which all offers will be reviewed and assessed.

“The Community Right to Bid phase expired on Wednesday 20 April and Miles & Barr Commercial has now been appointed to market the property for a period of at least six weeks. After this date all bids received will be reviewed and assessed. .

The Kent Film Foundation has also been approached for comment.

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