Where is it?

The old Kensington picture house is at 9, Fieldside, Thorne, Doncaster DN8 4AE

Here it is on Google maps and Google street view:

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34 Responses to Where is it?

  1. Steve Robinson says:

    Nice Job, you have done the old building proud whilst building a superb family home

  2. Fay Hardie says:

    I grew up in Thorne and left in the mid 1980s for University in the South. Back then I think the cinema was Merlins nightclub. I moved back to Yorkshire a few years ago (to York) and sometimes we visit relatives in Thorne. I’m so pleased that a part of the Thorne I remember as a child has been reinstated when so many other buildings aren’t there any more. Well done! You deserve to be proud of a great achievement.

  3. Kathy says:

    Wondering when google maps is going to catch up!

  4. Ruud van Dijk says:

    What a daunting – and also wonderful project you took on, rebuilding this old picture house. We saw it here in the Netherlands in Grand Designs with Kevin McC., and for me ranks as the best of the whole series. Thanks for giving us a peak in your approach and challenges. I believe you did the right thing here as so many nice old but derelict buildings disappear forever. The end result is nothing but spectacular. Hope you enjoy it for a long time to come. BTW funny too see that google streetview shows the result and birdsview the old house…

  5. Randolph Dean Tirazona says:

    I’ve only just saw “Your Episode” 🙂 EXCELLENT! It would cost a deal… But you have more than enough room back there to actually put up an outdoor cinema! Weather permitting of course! Then there’s ‘legal’ stuff with showing ‘movies’ and such… But for me – giving back to the old-time community I – myself would like to have tried to show one show – once a year for the elderly. I can’t find the throw distance for your projector but here’s what I was thinking with the link. I work at the California Science Center. The GwenWindow could have a snackbar/bar 🙂 You could orient it from wall to wall ‘shorter distance’ but yes, a lot of work and money. I love what you all did! OH! Modular inserts for the crevis in the wall – multiple types – like wood, colored plastic, steel, to accuentate the wall a bit… Excellent! http://www.ced.bz/projects/csc/csc.html

  6. building lover says:

    Your build is now airing on Netflix USA. Beautiful, beautiful architecture. I am loving the show Grand Designs.

  7. Carles says:


    We’ve just seen the TV show Grand Designs. Your house is very very beautiful.

    Greetings from Spain.

  8. Gale says:

    I, too, would lean more toward traditional but what you’ve done with this grand old cinema and all that modern concrete simply blows my mind. Outstanding. Just bumped into your episode on Netflix USA and thoroughly enjoyed it. May you enjoy many happy years in your stunning new and old home.

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  10. An Polack says:

    Love grand design , I’m Argentinian and it is a popular show, love it!

  11. Just saw Grand Design at Netflix in Sweden. Your buildingprocess is so inspiring! My father was a concreteworker and I remember sometimes visiting him at work and was facinated what becomes of that grey “porridge”…
    Unfortunately I didn’t learn the secrets and good-to-know-things from him before he died. But your housebuilding gave me some ideas of doing some concrete-things for my house – but of much smaller size.
    Thanks for sharing your journy, and I hope that the house is as good to live in as it’s good to look at, and if I’m lucky it will come a follow-up! /Birgitta D

  12. francesco losavio says:

    Wow…there is only a big murals of the old cinema.
    If you want… 29/5000
    I’m an Italian artisan and I can produce it identical to the original.

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    Your use of concrete with the impressed pouring forms is absolutely brilliant and certainly adds a note of visual warmth to the interior. The first time I saw this particular treatment used was at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA. The church was designed by William Warner, a local architect who has since died. It was erected in 1963 in the shape of an octagon. I’ve been a member there since 1980 and just love to sit and look at the walls.

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