Regal Cinema

7 Curran Road,
Larne, BT40

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Regal Cinema

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The Regal Cinema opened 13th March 1937. Closed in August 1986 with “ET-The Extra Terrestrial” and became a bingo club. It reopened as a 4-screen cinema on 20th November 1992 and closed again in late-May 2001.

The building stood empty and unused until 4pm in the afternoon of 13th December 2008, when it was badly damaged by fire, which had been started deliberately. The auditorium was demolished, leaving only the facade and foyer standing.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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redilyfocused
redilyfocused on November 8, 2007 at 11:12 am

does anyone have any photos of the interior of this cinema when it was open, or even since it has been closed down! i live 2 minutes away from it and spent every weekend of my childhood at this cinema!

pleeeeease feel free to contact me!

redilyfocused
redilyfocused on December 17, 2008 at 2:01 am

how ya doin!! It was indeed, but i check back here regularly.

i have some interior pictures and some of the cinema on fire, so if you want to see some, please drop me an email to .uk

rbstewart
rbstewart on February 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

I was in Larne last week and am sad to report the auditorium of the Regal cinema has been demolished. The frontage in still standing but for how long? Wouldn’t it be great if the auditorium was re-built and the still existing frontage refurbished and retained.

moon
moon on September 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

Does anyone know Pat Watson? She worked in the Regal the early sixties. I am looking for her. Many thanks, Monique Morshuis, The Netherlands:

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on July 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

The Regal opened on 13 March 1937 and was one of six cinemas designed in 1935 by John McBride Neill. An incendiary device damaged the balcony and roof in October 1977. It must have closed some time in the 1980s as it was reopened 20 November 1992 by Nevin Busby with 4 screens.

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on July 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

Yes, it originally closed as a cinema end of August 1986 with E.T. but remained open for bingo.

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