Regal Cinema

The Island,
Church Street,
Kingsbridge, TQ7 1DD

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Regal Cinema

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The Regal Cinema opened on 1st February 1933 with Jan Kuipura in “Tonight’s the Night” (US title “Tell Me Tonight”). It was built by a local firm W.J.C. Scobie & Son Ltd. and was operated as a family cinema that was family-run. It was equipped with Kalee 12 picture heads and British Accoustic G2 soundheads on Magnes bases. The proscenium opening was 18 feet-6 inches wide.

It closed on 27th October 1973 with Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. After attempts to sell it as a going concern which proved unsuccessful, the building stood empty for three years until late-1976 when it was converted into a bingo club on the first floor and shop units on the ground floor.

Today it is used as the Regal Club and Bar.

Contributed by Tim Blyth, Ken Roe

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popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on March 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

The Regal was designed by J.J. Perrott and was operated by the Noyce family for its entire life. Emily Wood was an usherette for most of the time. One of its claims to fame was that it did not originally have toilets.

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