Regal Theatre

112 Station Road,
Ashington, NE63 8HE

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Previously operated by: Noble Organisation, Wallaw Pictures Ltd.

Architects: Percy Lindsay Browne, Charles Alfred Harding

Firms: Percy Lindsay Browne, Son & Harding

Styles: Art Deco

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Regal Theatre

Located in Ashington, Northumberland adjacent to St. Aidens Roman Catholic Church. The Regal Theatre was built on the site of the Miners' Theatre by Wallaw Pictures Ltd. It opened in 1939, and had a 39 feet wide proscenium. The orchestra pit could hold 15 musicians, and it had an organ (make unknown). It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

It was taken over by the Noble Organisation in 1972, and they closed the Regal Theatre in November 1979 with “Elvis the Movie”.

The building then lay derelict for several years until it was eventually demolished, and four modern terrace houses have been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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project on August 20, 2015 at 3:05 am

The Regal used to host Sunday night concerts and in the seventies it did several rock/pop concerts including Slade and Whitesnake. The Regal when rebuilt in 1939 by architects Percy L Brown Harding, retained the original Miners Hall auditorium and stage exterior walls with a rebuilt 1930s frontage and interior. The rebuilt auditorium was very similar to the Ritz at Wallsend which was also built in 1939 by Percy L Brown Harding. When the Regal was being demolished you could see the top of the original Miners Hall proscenium and plasterwork. As far as I am aware the Regal did not have an organ, although the Miners Hall may have had one.

richard6868 on March 21, 2017 at 8:44 am

Looking at the OS map for 1981 and Google Earth suggests to me that the Station Court residential care home is not on the site of the Regal as stated in the Overview description. The Regal stood just to the west of St Aidan’s R.C. church (site now occupied by 4 modern terraced houses) but Station Court is a good bit further along to the west and stands on a site formerly occupied by Station Road Methodist Church and some adjoining terraced premises fronting Station Road.

phmilesc on September 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Dennis was the name of the last Chief Projectionist. We opperated 2 projectors with peerless arc lamps and 1 stills lamp. I was the apprentice in 1976. We both moved to operate the projectors an the Wallaw after the Regal closed. The projectionist room has two windows to light the winding room which you can see on the photo at the top left. Dennis took Fridays off. I would play my own records in the auditorium of that day. Your welcome. :)

Lanceb on July 14, 2020 at 4:30 am

i Remember Dennis well, i probably met you as my gran was the manager margaret brown in about 1978 before going to the wallaw. I remember getting to see the old dressing rooms just before the regal closed in 79. Always regretted only getting into the projection room once.I just remember the beautiful lighting inside. She was at the coliseum too, they were state of the art there, they had one projector per cinema and spooled all the film parts onto one big reel.

Lanceb on July 14, 2020 at 4:32 am

I think the reason it was eventually demolished was because of break ins- not long before they started demolishing at christmas 1989, i passed one day and the front doors were open as there had been a break in. about ten years ago some work was going on upstairs at the Wallaw and someone posted online some pictures, the projection room there is still completely intact !

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