Feb 07

Briggsy’s Antique Emporium

Briggsy’s Antique Emporium is located in the former Herne Bay Cinema and features a 30,000sq ft showroom on 3 floors.

It has a large mixed stock of Antique and Modern furniture as well as an array of glass cabinets packed with interesting collectables.

Opening Hours

Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.


75 High Street, Herne Bay, Kent, England, CT6 5LQ

Telephone : 01227 370621

About the former Cinema

Briggsy’s occupies the only purpose built commercial premises for entertainment within the core of the town (other than pubs etc).  It was erected about 1899 as the Washington Arcade, running through to Mortimer Street. In 1911 it became the ‘Cinema de Luxe’ and in 1912 was further altered, probably achieving its present form. It has long since ceased to show films.

The design involves a central entrance with a ‘feature’ tower above, with, to each side, pairs of steeply gabled two storey houses with shops on the ground floor. All these features survive but in a mutilated condition. The body of the cinema also survives, to the rear. The cinema entrance with its tower and cupola is an important visual ‘incident’ on the High Street.