With Phase One of the project complete and the Pleasure Park’s popularity growing the focus now moves on the former cinema and restaurant building. Both of these areas sit inside the Grade II* listed Dreamland Cinema complex, which also houses two cinemas and bingo hall.
In August 2016 Thanet District Council appointed experienced local contractors Coombs to lead on a £1.8 million restoration of the former Sunshine Café and cinema entrance foyer at Dreamland.
This work is funded by a successful Coastal Communities Fund bid which the council secured in 2014.
As part of this contract, work to the former Sunshine Café will create a lettable space and will also include repairing the original building fabric; installing and replacing windows, re-roofing, restoring the building’s ‘fin’ and brick fascia, installing a lift, new external signage and installing neon lighting.
Restoration of the foyer to its original 1930’s design is planned. This will include new brass hand railings, metal entrance doors, plastering to walls, Venetian plaster work to the ceiling, bespoke lighting and signage, internal doors and windows.
This work will enable the former Sunshine Café to be brought back to life as a new restaurant for Margate. The council is working towards identifying a potential operator for the restaurant.
It is hoped this will pave the way for further development of the entire Art Deco Cinema Complex – which forms a major part of the overall site and will come as part of a future phase of the wider Dreamland redevelopment.
Work is continuing to progress on site and the contractors have uncovered some of the original features, including metal work and advertising poster.