Regal Picture House
127 High Street,
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Previously operated by: Caledonian Associated Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Thomas Bowhill Gibson
Styles: Art Deco
The Regal Picture House opened in December 1931 and was built on the site of the former Olympia Cinema. From June 1938, it was taken over by the Caledonian Associated Cinemas Ltd. chain.
It had identical light fittings to the Regal Cinema in Kelty and may have been built for the same theatre chain. It was, however, at least twice the size of the Kelty Regal Cinema. It was built on a very sloping site which meant that the balcony was more or less at street level with the stalls down a broad flight of marble steps.
It closed sometime in June 1976, having been acquired by the Littlewoods retail stores.
Vandals broke in and set the theatre on fire. According to Steve Lynch: “I seem to recall that the Littlewoods Company was sued for the damage the fire caused to adjoining buildings because they had failed to secure the building.”
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