Royalty Cinema

Lake Road and Longlands Road,
Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BJ

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terry on June 11, 2018 at 5:55 am

Many years ago I knew the Manager/Lessee, a former ABC Manager called John Bailey. Whenever I was in the area I would call in and he would have a chat and a ‘cuppa’ with me. The last time I saw him was in the 1980’s when I was with my colleague, John McIntosh of ABC Wigan who has now also passed away.

Re The Royalty today, the Local Authority should be grateful that it is operated by someone as committed as Mr Morris. To also house a former ABC Wurlitzer (NOT Odeon as suggested by a photo of the console I saw elsewhere)is an added bonus.

It is a pleasant looking building and should be retained as part of the resort’s Heritage. Perhaps the L.A. who are so concerned ought to carry out an external refurbishment. This would be far more cost effective than an unneeded , unwanted and unnecessary redevelopment.

madorganplayer on June 11, 2018 at 2:42 am

As of June 2018,the local council who apparently own the building still (and leased to Northern Morris) are considering redeveloping the immediate area-including the cinema,saying its in poor condition externally.A poor show from the council,the building blends well with the others from the front .No doubt if it were a privately owned building they would have insisted in it being preserved!

madorganplayer on May 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

Royalty cinema still going strong as of May 2015.It now has a 2/7 WurliTzer from the Rex Stratford installed under the stage.May 19th sees the start of excavation for a lift for the Wurlitzer console and the addition of a phantom piano.

Ian on January 24, 2007 at 4:33 am

An old exterior shot – from 1978 – is here:–