From Paramount to Penistone


The story of how Penistone’s Paramount cinema became home to the Compton cinema organ.


In 1999, Penistone Paramount, one of the last remaining community cinemas in the country, became home to the original splendour of a 1930s cinema organ. Originally built for a Birmingham cinema, the Compton organ console and its chamber of pipes, whistles and drums was obtained by a local enthusiast from private ownership.

This is the story of a local cinema struggling to thrive in the face of fierce compeition and the hard work and dedication of a team of enthusiasts prepared to save the organ from extinction.