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The Regent Cinema opened on 11th October 1937 with Hugh Wakefield in "The Limping Man". It was built for and was operated by an independent exhibitor and continues as such today, now operated by the independent Scott Cinemas chain.
Bristol based architect William Henry Watkins designed a splendid Art Deco style inside the cinema which has seating on a stadium plan, originally the seating capacity was for 560. It has a raised section at the rear, rather than an overhanging balcony. Lighting in the auditorium is of a ‘Holophane’ type, which changes colours on the ceiling. The proscenium opening is 35 feet wide. There was a cafe located on the first floor level.
The Regent Cinema has been recently restored. From October 2000, English Heritage gave it a Grade II Listed building status.
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