51 High Street,
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Regent Centre (Official)
Previously operated by: Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Regent Cinema
News About This Theater
- Mar 9, 2011 — Christchurch cinemas closed following earthquake
The Regent Cinema opened on 26th December 1931 with Mary Pickford in "The Taming of the Shrew". It was built for and initially operated by local exhibitor F.J. Rowley. It was operated by Portsmouth Town Cinemas from the mid-1930’s.
In 1969 it was taken over by Shipman & King cinema circuit via their involvement with the Grade brothers. It was closed in July 1973 and became a Mecca Bingo Club.
Taken over by the local council in June 1983, it was re-furbished and re-opened with Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia". Now known as the Regent Centre, it screens films and stages live performances. It was refurbished in 2020, reopening in October 2020.
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