Discoveries at Dreamland

The restoration work that’s happening at Dreamland continues to be a journey of discovery.

The team on site are currently installing a new lift in the iconic cinema complex building. To do so they have removed the original goods lift and the dumb waiter that was once used to deliver food to the Sunshine Café. Built by J&E Hall of Dartford, the 1930s cage lift still has the service panel complete with light switch and operating guidance as well as all its winding gear.

Over the course of the work more and more layers of Dreamland history are revealing themselves. Elements of the Bali Hai décor have been uncovered too. This includes some of the original wood panelling and bamboo framed wall paintings reflecting the legendary bar’s South Pacific theme.

Special thanks to Thanet District Council for the pictures below: