Regal Cinema

10 Cavendish Street,
Chesterfield, S40 1UY

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The Regal Cinema in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was opened by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) on 12 October 1936, and was designed by J. Owen Bond and W. R. Glen. It has 2,048 seats in stalls and balcony, a 46 foot proscenium opening and a 16 foot deep stage with four dressing rooms. There was an organ installed, a 3Manual/7Ranks instrument by Compton.

In June 1971 it closed for conversion into a smaller cinema using the balcony (with a wall at the balcony front) seating 484, together with a Painted Wagon pub in the rear stalls area. The front stalls and stage were not affected by this alteration, nor were they ever used again.

It was renamed ABC in 1961, became a Cannon, was sold off to Peter Walker and was re-named Regal Cinema, but closed circa 1998.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 29, 2007 at 9:32 am

Now in use as a Zanzibar nightclub.

fleetline123
fleetline123 on March 13, 2007 at 3:23 am

The Regal closed on 18th April 1993. The final film shown was the 1940hrs showing of “The Distinguished Gentleman” starring Eddie Murphy.

The Compton organ is now at Swinton St Thomas' Church in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Ian
Ian on March 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm

A photo as the Escapade nightclub in March 2009

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3366863955/

perthen
perthen on December 30, 2009 at 5:31 am

does anyone remember the live shows at the Regal in the 60`s, I remember seeing lots of the Liverpool/Manchester groups there

perthen
perthen on August 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

I remember going to see the live shows at the regal in the 60`s.. saw lots of the popular groups of the time there including the Everly Brothers and also a show sponsored by one of the pirate radio stations of the time “Radio London” happy times

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