Regal Cinema

6 Sterling Way,
London, N18 2XZ

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Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on May 20, 2020 at 8:40 am

The Christie organ from the Regal is now installed at Paul Kirner’s Music Palace near Porth in S Wales.

Dozy on November 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

I have just found this site. brought back memories from long long ago.Saturday morning club, all the way home playing Zorro or the lone ranger. First date with my wife was back row down stairs,then fish&chips from chip shop near bike shop and change from ten bob note. also on a Sunday queued in a lobby?think for one and sixpence for 7 o'clock show. Then you left by a door onto the car park side,which in those days if I remember was large.We also saw shows there Jonny Dankworth played there. Moved away from Edmonton in 1961 have only visited twice sadly not as I remember it.Another fond memory playing cowboys an Indians in bushes near where the brook went under Silver .

lascers on June 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Sundown was a great venue for live music saw Steve Marriott with Humble Pie fantastic concert also remember the Faces Dr John Heavy Metal Kids.The Disco was great too Will always remember Love Train And people laying on the floor around those circular dance platforms first girlfriend kisses cuddles etc great memories thanks whoever posted the photo inside it was just as I remembered. The DJ was a great guy funny and always twirling his Mike haha magic days

RogerD on August 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Oh, how sad only to have the memories of such iconic treasures, but better than nothing. I remember going to the Saturday morning kids' programmes. Pretty chaotic, as I recall! More significantly, I can remember going, with my mum and dad, to his firm’s (Beautility) annual dinner/dances, in the “Assembly Rooms” upstairs. I have a photo (somewhere) of the three of us at one such event. Much later, in 1963, I went to see the Everly Brothers. They were “supported” by The Rolling Stones (!), who had just released their first single “Come On”. The audience went absolutely MAD for The Stones, and the Everlys definitely came second that day! If my memory serves me correctly, apart from all the various amazing facilities incorporated in this wonderful theatre, wasn’t there a massive hall, just for queuing in, while you waited for a seat to become available? Unbelievable, now. Our favourite record shop of the time (Dancy’s) was just over the other side of Silver Street, too. Happy days…

catherinemiller on July 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I remember the Regal. My mother used to take me there to see films as well as live shows, I remember going with friends to see Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Wee Willy Harris, Joe Brown,and my favourite at the time,Cliff Richard. My nephew remembers seeing Rod Stewart and how he was kicking footballs about during rehearsals. I remember too the Saturday morning pictures as a child….6d to get in and 6d to spend !!! On your birthday you got a free entry and “Uncle Ernie” ( Ernie Hurry) wished you a happy birthday from the stage.I remember the Wurlitzer Organ….oh those were the days. It got replaced by “The Sundown” disco then was eventually demolished ( so sad ) and Safeway Supermarket took over. Safeway was later replaced by Lidl supermarket which is still in situ. The Regal was a magnificent building with a fabulous ballroom.It had 2 entrances with a small parade of shops between the entrances….Oh those were the days….sadly all gone..

beano111 on April 27, 2012 at 7:34 am

I joined the Regal in 1958 as a trainee projectionist, the equipment was modern and in good condition to other cinemas that I visited on day’s off. I remember Frank Cooper was second projectionist at the time. apart from the films, we had a stage show once a month with the likes of Shirley Bassey, The Dave Clark Five, Helen sharpiro etc Where we used the Spot lights or worked back stage, we also used the spots in the Regal Rooms for Cabaret’s, so training was the best around. I left there in 1960 as third projectionist at the Metropole, Victoria and then onto the Columbia, Shaftesbury Avenue. But my love as always been the “Regal” Edmonton.

Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on December 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

The Christie organ from the Regal was re-installed in the Memorial Hall, Barry, Wales, but had to be removed in 2010 and is now in store awaiting a new location. The large Christie organ from the Regal, Marble Arch, was rescued in 2009 by organist Richard Hills and some colleagues, and is also in store awaiting a new home.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 30, 2009 at 8:49 am

A set of vintage photographs of the Regal Cinema:
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Three scanned images from the 1960’s:
main entrance:
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South side elevation:
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Ballroom (re-named Regal Rooms) entrance:
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pianotuner on March 27, 2007 at 2:26 pm

I remember the Regal in the great days of the 50s. Jerry Lee Lewis, the pop concerts, The London Festival Ballet, Pantomimes etc. I also worked there in the 1960s. I remember Mr Hurry so well. He was a fantastic man. He was much respected and loved by the staff and affectionately known as ‘The Old Man’ a term also used for the captain of a ship. He ran the place like clockwork. I can see him now in evening dress and smoking a cigar! He was the spitting image of Billy Cotton. I often wondered what became of him.


regent on February 3, 2007 at 9:54 am

Hi darkwind & andygarner
Nice to know the Regal along with many more cinemas is still rembemered as anyone who has worked in them will know you think of them as “your” cinema I do have some bits & peices of the Regal & some photos if you would like to know more my e-mail address is .uk

andygarner on February 1, 2007 at 10:15 am

Hi cinefan,
Good to know that the memoriy of this fine theatre lives on, I always thought that the demolition of the theatre was rushed through, visited in the early 1980`s and was surprised and gratified that everything in the projection room was still kept in good working condition(normally all the unused equipment is ripped out) but reading the comments above I now understand why, anymore memories of this fine theatre would be appreciated.
kind regards AndyJG

kategrogan on January 30, 2007 at 7:53 am

Hi darkwind & cinefan
That was my Great Uncle – Ernest (Ernie) Hurry! A smashing man and greatly missed. He was always very proud of the theatre & his staff. He enjoyed running the Saturday club too.
It’s a shame I can’t post a photo of him on here with some of his stars – if I get round to making up a webpage I’ll put his photo on and post a link here.

Darkwind on September 24, 2006 at 11:04 am

I remember the Regal from my childhood in the 60’s and can remember being taken to see my very first film there – Mary Poppins. Saturday morning pictures was a highlight of our week and you always had to get there early to be sure of getting in, it was so well attended. I also remember going to the Sundown disco, which was eventually closed because of all the trouble caused by local yobs at closing time. I believe somebody got stabbed there once – quite a rare event in those days – and it became something of a no-go area for a while.

I still live in the Edmonton area and recall something of a scandal when the site was demolished in order for the Safeway store to be built. It was reported in the local papers that the local council had placed a caveat on the planning permission, in that the facade had to be retained. There were rumours that the building had listed status, though I don’t know if that was true. Of course, the builders simply bulldozed the lot – whether by accident or design, I have no idea – but I gather they had to pay a hefty fine. (The same thing happened to our local Town Hall. It worked out cheaper for the builders to pay the fine than to preserve the building the way the Council wanted.)

I pass the Regal site every day now and, contrary to the last paragraph in the main entry above, the building now houses a Lidl supermarket. Shame.

kategrogan on September 7, 2006 at 9:03 am

My Great Uncle was the Manager at the Regal in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. We’ve lots of photos and autographs, dedicated to him, from stars who appeared at the Regal (including Carmen Miranda!).

The Bradford Museum of Film & Photography in West Yorkshire has some memorabilia from this theatre/cinema relating to the stage designs, exhibitions etc.

My Granddad used to occasionally play the organ at the Regal too!

curnock on September 2, 2006 at 2:01 am

The Regal was built on the site of my Grandfather William Cushing;s Timber yard. My father Albert Curnock who lived opposite the site was one of the Trustees who leased the site to Mr Abrahams. My mother was a daughter of William Cushing. I have recently come across an Invitation from Mr A.E. Abrahams to my parents inviting them to the opening of the Regal. If you would like a copy please contact me at .uk
Tony Curnock

chipi on August 27, 2006 at 1:31 pm

The Big CARMEN MIRANDA!!! was in Regal on May 30th 1948. Someone has more info about this show ?

Mike69 on August 21, 2006 at 2:48 am

The large Christie was sold to a stange man who lived in Cornwal. I once visited his house while working for a firm of organ builders. In his house he had a Compton organ installed along with a strange collection of other instruments. The Christie was stored with a Wurlitzer in very poor conditions, in a large wet and damp old barn in the middle of nowhere. The metal pipe work had mostly crushed itself as it had been stacked on top of each other, and the wooden pipework was rotten beyond repair. As for the console, it was just a heap. The man was very possesive about the organ. I understand he is now dead. The organ died a long time ago. As to his estate, I know not. He did have children but I fear the whole place will have just been buldozed. If anybody knows any different, please let me know.

Ian on August 12, 2006 at 10:22 pm

Three more exterior shots of the Regal Edmonton here – all scanned images from the late 1980’s:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 21, 2005 at 12:29 am

OOOPPS, Sorry, here are the correct links to the two I posted above:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 21, 2005 at 12:19 am

Two more vintage exterior photographs of the Regal:

The main entrance in Autumn 1949 playing the Gaumont release for 6 days. Note the man up the ladder putting up the poster for the Sunday for 1 day only presentation (the older 1946 film “Abelene Town”). The part of the building where his ladder leans against contains shops and offices. It is still there today and is the only part of the building to survive:
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The secondary entrance around the corner in Autumn 1949. Note the small seperate entrance to the restaurant and the “Abelene Town” poster already placed in position:
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tomdelay on October 12, 2005 at 11:57 am

Hi Ken;

Yes, the London chapter is to be commended for saving this magnificent organ. A pity the bigger Christie from the Regal Marble Arch could not have been saved by either this chapter or the Cinema Organ Society Both Regals Marble Arch and Edmonton were widely recorded by Sidney Torch and Quentin McClean. The Marble Arch organ fell into private hands and was not stored under the best of conditions and is probably now all but lost.

In addition to a solid 37 rank unit specification, the Regal Marble Arch also had a complete tower carillon of 30 some bells (not the usual “cathedral chimes”!) This was a complete carillon that was, at least, recorded by the late George Blackmore in the mid 1960s before the organ was removed.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 12, 2005 at 11:41 am

Good to hear that the Christie organ was saved. This was a building in immaculate condition right up to the end (ok! the exterior could have done with a clean) but it should never have been destroyed.

tomdelay on October 12, 2005 at 11:00 am

The 4/15 Christie organ was removed by the London and South of England Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

For more information on the present location and installation of this fine Christie organ, please see View link
or for the regular website of this chapter, please see

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 12, 2005 at 9:46 am

Two exterior photographs of the former Regal, Edmonton in use as a Top Rank Bingo Club in the late 1970’s:

The main and secondary entrances:
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A close-up of the main entrance:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 5:19 am

A 1971 exterior photograph of the Regal, Edmonton here:
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