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Photos of the Worthing Dome Cinema restoration
Photo galleries documenting Worthing Dome's history.

The restoration of the Dome tower and its crowning glory in 1995 for over £300,000.

1904 - 1954 The Early Years
The history of
the Worthing Dome,
impresario Carl Seebold,
and of Worthing cinemas.

1969 - 1989 The Perilous Years
20 years under threat of demolition, the Dome Cinema was defended by townsfolk.

1989 - 1999 The Uncertain Years
The 10 years of struggle after getting the Dome listed and before receiving a Stage 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Key Characters
Without any of these 5 individuals the Dome would never have been built and flourished, then later saved and restored.

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Housing one of the oldest working cinemas, the historic Worthing Dome Cinema leisure complex is situated in West Sussex on the south coast of England, facing the English Channel.

The saving of Worthing Dome Cinema
  • This website serves as a fitting tribute to a great impresario, Carl Seebold, whose brainchild was the Dome, and includes its full history as well as the advent and decline of Worthing cinemas.

  • Also, this website highlights the 8 year period from 1988 - 1996 when campaigners, led by the tenacious conservationist Rob Blann, defended the early picture house against determined demolition, and later defeated a despicable plan to turn the Edwardian gem into a night club.

  • As well, this website details a more recent period when this entertainment complex faced an uncertain future.

An internationally recognised landmark following extensive overseas publicity attracted by the intensive campaign to save the Dome, its distinctive octagonal tower and roof , prominent on Worthing's seafront, clearly distinguishes the town's shoreline from that of any other seaside resort. For almost 100 years South Coast fishermen have used it as a navigational aid, and many still do. Not only fishermen but also divers and users of pleasure craft find it indispensable too.

Thankfully the Dome was eventually awarded a massive National Lottery grant and was extensively refurbished at a cost of £2.5 million.

The Worthing Dome

Click here for the Restoration of the Dome tower in 1995 costing over £350,000

The restoration of the Dome tower

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