Regal Stowmarket being restored after arson attack.
STOWMARKET, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND — Following an arson attack of the Regal on September 7th, 2009 the building was quickly secured against further damage whilst insurance payouts were agreed and then specialist asbestos removal in the damaged area was completed.
The damage was confined to the stage and screen end of the cinema and will cost around GBP 300,000 to repair, but this is almost entirely covered by the insurance policy and by December 2009 the work is progressing.
The main bulk of the auditorium received only smoke and rescue (water) damage and requires redecoration, cleaning of seats and a new carpet.
In the 18 months since opening after a major refurbishment the Regal had build up a good trade, but this interruption will mean starting again to build an audience. Given the comfortable elegant art deco surroundings and the friendliness of the staff, this should not prove difficult.