Regent Theatre

3 St. Helen's Street,
Ipswich, IP4 1HE

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Regent Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Built by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT), a company that was taken over by Gaumont British Cinemas in 1929, this opened as the Regent Theatre on 4th November 1929 with Norma Shearer in “The Last of Mrs Cheyney”.

The facade is designed in a Georgian style, while the large auditorium combines a mix of Neo-Classical and Art Deco. Seating in the auditorium was arranged in a semi-stadium style with only a slight overhang of the balcony and there were 14 boxes, each seating five persons that were located at the rear of the stalls under the balcony. The Regent was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2Manual/6Rank theatre organ. There was a cafe/restaurant which acommodated over 100 diners.

It was re-named Gaumont in 1955 and in 1985 a 186 seat Gaumont 2 was created in the former Cafe/Restaurant area. Both screens were re-named Odeon in 1987 and they closed as cinemas on 20th March 1991.

It re-opened as the Regent Theatre on 21st September 1991 and has been restored, now in use as a live theatre and for hosting concerts. It was given a Grade II Listed building status in October 2000.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 11, 2005 at 5:23 am

An exterior photograph (early 1970’s?) of the Gaumont/Regent, Ipswich here:
View link

Ian
Ian on February 22, 2006 at 9:07 am

Interior photo from 2006 here:

View link

and a photo of Odeon 2 as a bar here :

View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 25, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Some additional info on this theater:

“The Regent Theater Ipswich was opened in 1929 and is still East Anglia’s largest theatre. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Ipswich, Dr Hossack. The opening night saw the Regent open it’s doors to 2,000 Ipswich people.

The resident Wurlitzer organ kept all entertained and the first film shown was a ‘talking film’, The last of Mrs Cheyney – Starring Norma Shearer and Basil Rathbone.

Since then the Ipswich regent has become synonymous with hit west end shows, the best in comedy as well as international rock and pop stars including; The Beatles, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Tina Turner and Elton John to name a few".

Address: 3 St Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1HE
Telephone: 01473 433100

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

Here is a new link to the photo posted on Sep 11, 2005.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This is a photo of the Regent.

KenRoe
KenRoe on October 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

Photographs of the Regent/Gaumont, and its Wurlitzer organ console:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2068.html

madorganplayer
madorganplayer on February 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

The Regent WurliTzer was a style 165 X (2 manual six sets of pipes)which was quite rare.It means that its pipework was divided into two chambers one above the other on the right hand sidewall.It was removed in the early sixties or even 1959 and the chambers were used for air conditioning.This was broken up for parts although the little French console was paired up with a similar organ at from the Gaumont Exeter.This organ lost its console during the war.It now resides-ipswich console and Exeter pipework at the Burtey Fen collection in Pinchbeck,Lincolnshire.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater