85-87 Regent Road,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Francis Burdett Ward
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Regent Theatre
The Regent Theatre opened on 26th December 1914. It was designed for both cinema and theatre use and has an elegant facade. The auditorium is decorated in a Louis XVI style and has seating in stalls and circle levels. The stage is 30 feet deep and there were four good sized dressing rooms. These facilities have been well used over the years when many live shows were staged. Another facility was the provision of a restaurant, which was located on the first floor
In August 1929 the Regent Cinema was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) and they operated it for the remainder of its cinematic life. In later years it was equipped to screen 70mm films. The Regent Cinema was closed in September 1982 with Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner". It stood unused for a while and was then converted into a bingo club, which operated as a Mecca Bingo Club until closing on 4th December 2011. It re-opened in summer of 2014 as a show bar and nightclub. It had closed by 2018.
The Regent Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.
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The Regent survives in good nick – a couple of pictures below taken in 2003 – is this the most decorative projection box in the UK?
Three interior photos from circa 1986 here:–
Some older pics here.
As of March 2011 it is now no longer the Mecca Bingo and has closed down, what next for this building?
Good news The Regent has been opened as a Show Bar and Nightclub.
The Regent, as seen in September 2018, is once again closed. A photo of the exterior here:–