80 years of the Old Cinema, just not as you know it! St. Margaret’s Hospice has been caring for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness for over 37 years. However, the St. Margaret’s Home Store in Yeovil dates back even further, opening on 8th May 1937 as a cinema. “Customers will see that we’ve retained a number of original features in the building. We wanted to preserve the building’s history for Yeovil, as well as provide an interesting and refreshing shopping experience,” says Sheana Williams, Manager at the Home Store. “Of particular interest is the ceiling on the top floor of the building which was originally created to improve acoustics. We think it looks like the surface of the moon! The whole shop has the chic feel of a boutique furniture store, including a café, and there is something for everyone,” continues Sheana. The building was designed in an Art Deco style, featuring strong vertical and horizontal lines with curved corners and a modern use of neon lights. One of the cinema’s claims to fame is that it was robbed by none other than Ronnie Biggs as he was gathering the £100 he needed to bankroll the 1963 Great Train Robbery! After closing in 2001, St. Margaret’s recently took over the building, selling good quality second-hand furniture and new goods, including beds, sofas and accessories. A café, on the top floor, is open between 10am and 3pm, with speciality coffees, tea and cake available. “We’d love people to come and have a look around at the features, enjoy a cup of coffee and maybe find that piece of furniture you’ve been searching for.” Yeovil Home Store is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sundays, 10am to 4pm, and the team would love to see you. For more details please click here.