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The Regal Cinema in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was opened by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) on 12th October 1936 with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in “Follow the Fleet”. It was designed for the Lou Morris chain by architect J. Owen Bond as the Ritz Cinema and was taken over before completion by Associated British Cinemas who engaged their ‘in-house’ architect William R. Glen. It had 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 which was opened by organist Wilfred Southworth.
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. It became a nightclub named Zanzibar, and now operates as Department.
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