The majority of the exterior work to the Cinema building has now been completed, with the next phase due to look at the interior. This will include restoring power to the organ, which has not been used since power was cut off to it in 2005. Once power is restored, the council will be inviting David Wattenbach, who rebuilt the organ following the 1987 hurricane, to assess its condition.
The council is working in partnership with the Dreamland Trust to create a world first for the site, an amusement park of thrilling historic rides, with classic side shows, cafés, restaurants, special events, festivals and gardens. It will also celebrate the British seaside and popular culture, with a focus on youth cultural heritage. As well as the Sea Change money, the project received £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2011 and Thanet District Council is also contributing £3 million to the scheme.