In the 1950s the cinema closed down and one part the building was transformed into a dance hall while another one later became a ten pin bowling alley. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the ballroom was taken over by Deneys, who in 1973, transformed the whole building into a nightclub. In 1978 Alan Clarke joined the club as DJ before becoming manager and rebranding it as Samantha's. Under his leadership the nightclub became a popular venue in South West England. However in late 2008 Samantha's closed down and plans were drawn to convert the building into 14 flats. Although these plans were supported in principle, they were put on hold in 2009 because of lack of adequate parking provisions. Three years later the situation has not changed. This means the ghost signs found on the walls of the building, which may well disappear when work gets underway, are still with us for a bit longer.
'Theatre' would have been painted under the arch shown on the picture below but that has completely disappeared. At least two ghost signs appear on the side wall though.
Another sign was painted vertically but the letter 'R' is the only one that can be seen properly.
In order to find complete ghost signs, it is necessary to go to Manor Gardens and to look at the back of the building.
This last ghost sign must be the most recent one, certainly dating from the 1950s, when the cinema was converted into a ballroom.
Location: St Andrews Road, Exmouth, Devon / Pictures taken in April 2012