Essoldo Hartlepool

78 York Road,
Hartlepool, TS26 8AA

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A fine free-standing building, the Regal Cinema opened 15 December 1936, designed by William Illingworth. The main facade is on a three sided plan, with five tall arched windows containing critall type steel frames and Art Deco style metalwork with wavey lives and a scallop-shell motif. They are arranged; one in each outer flank and three in the centre above the main entrance. The bulk of the auditorium is in red brick.

The cinema was renamed Essoldo Theatre after it was taken over in 1955 and ceased showing films in the late-1960’s. It has been a bingo hall for nearly forty years.

The interior is little altered, retaining the flanking grilles either side of the proscenium (width 42 feet), seating in the circle, and the original plasterwork throughout the building. Only the stalls seating has been replaced with tables and chairs.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian
Ian on June 6, 2007 at 11:05 am

Photos of the Essoldo here:–

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Ian on June 6, 2007 at 11:26 am

The Regal / Essoldo is now known as the Carlton Bingo Club.

Ian
Ian on January 11, 2008 at 6:34 am

The stalls floor, although with seats replaced by tables, retains a saucer rake. More photos of the Regal / Essoldo / Carlton, taken in January 2008 here:–

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