In 2010 the DHBT worked with the National Trust to find a way forward to retain the recently closed Grade II* Listed 1914 cinema. Surveys, a conservation plan and a feasibility study were commissioned and the Trust worked with Torbay Borough Council, the Conservation Officer and English Heritage.
In 2015 a new trust, the Paignton Picture House Trust, was formed and the DHBT retain an interest in the building through a trustee sitting on both trusts.
The Role of DHBT – Act in an advisory capacity
The DHBT may help organisations come together to form a body or trust to purchase or lease and thus rescue an historic building. Additionally the DHBT is able to assist with the rescue of a building by way of sourcing viability studies, the preparation of conservation plans and funding streams.