Regent on Worcester

94 Worcester Street,
Christchurch 8011

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Cinemas

Architects: John G. Guthrie

Styles: Atmospheric

Previous Names: Regent Theatre

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Regent Cinema, Christchurch, New Zealand

Opened on 16 August 1930 and designed by architect John G. Guthrie in an Atmospheric style, with a seating capacity of 1,568. The auditorium was destroyed by a fire in 1976.

In 1981, two cinemas seating 456 and 888 were built within the shell of the building, designed by the architectural firm Warren & Mahoney. The complex became four cinemas, opening on 13th December 1996 with seating for 96, 103, 127 and 168 and re-named Regent on Worcester.

It was closed on 22nd February 2011, due to the massive Christchurch earthquake. Sadly, the damage was so excessive, that the building was demolished in July 2011.

Contributed by GraemeMcBain

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

TerryMcKenna on October 11, 2009 at 6:39 am

I was assistant manager when it reopened in 1981. The lobby had been unaffected by the fire but had been modernised and had lost all its grandeur. Overall the redesign was very poor and tacky with the upstairs main cinema being made to resemble the inside of a 747 jet with plastic recessed walls and paneled lighting. There were huge areas of wasted space and a better design could have easily included more screens. These cinemas have now been demollised and the current 4 screen complex is built in what was the former upstairs lobby. But again the cinemas are very poorly designed with the entrance to each being at the front and beneath each screen

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on March 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This cinema faces the wreckers ball.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on March 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

Demolition of this cinema has begun. It was open 16 August, 1930 to February 22, 2011.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on April 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Demolition has been put on hold.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on July 13, 2011 at 6:48 am

Sadly, it has now been confirmed that as a result of the June 4, June 6, and June 13 earthquakes (Mag.4+) causing more damaged this cinema is being demolished.

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