Regent Cinema

100 Liverpool Road,
Liverpool, L23 5TG

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Arthur Ernest Shennan

Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Regent Picture House

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Crosby is a suburb of Liverpool, approximately six miles north of the city. In the 1920’s the district was a desirable residential area to live in.

The Regent Picture House opened on 11th December 1920 with Norma Talmadge in “The Isle of Conquest”. It offered a cafe for the convenience of its patrons. Competition was from the Corona Cinema, a Gaumont British operated cinema. It was taken over by Associated British Cinema(ABC) on 25th November 1935. Up to 1939 the cinema was enjoying good business, until the nearby Plaza Cinema in Waterloo opened.

Entrance to the building, had the paybox situated facing the street, between the two sets of doors. At the side of the cinema there was a very long passageway for patrons to queue out of the rain.

The Regent Picture House was a pre-sound cinema, and had a restricted proscenium arch, placed between exit doors either side of the screen. Curtains were raised and lowered. It was equipped with CinemaScope in 1955.

In the 1960’s, the Regent Cinema was running on a shoe string budget, with matinees on Wednesday afternoon, and Saturday continuous from early afternoon.

Closure came swiftly on 30th November 1968, with no forewarning in the local paper. The cinema then operated as a Mecca Bingo Club. In the 1990’s the nearby St. Mary’s School bought the building. The Meccas Bingo club was closed in 2004. It is now the St. Mary’s College Sports Centre.

Contributed by Chris Leigh

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Ron Knee
Ron Knee on April 30, 2020 at 9:14 am

Cinema opened 11th December 1920 Cinemascope fitted in 1955 closed on 30th November 1968 then came Mecca Bingo until 2004. Sold becoming a gymnasium.

Ron Knee

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