Regent Cinema

Broad Street,
Lyme Regis, DT7 3JB

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Regent Cinema

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Located in Lyme Regis, Dorset. 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.

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.

In recent Years it has been operated by the independent Scott Cinemas chain. The Regent Cinema has been recently restored. From October 2000, English Heritage gave it a Grade II Listed building status.

The Regent Cinema was destroyed by a fire which broke out at 1:20 in the afternoon of 22nd March 2016, while staff were preparing for the cinema to open for the matinee screening of “Hail, Caesar” starring George Clooney.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2007 at 7:46 am

Some photographs and further details on the Regent Cinema here:
http://www.lymefilm.org.uk/html/cinema.html

Nick Prince
Nick Prince on March 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

Very sad news that this beautiful cinema has been gutted by fire. I have visited it a number of times :–(

ritzman
ritzman on March 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/dorset Very sad news!

terry
terry on March 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Why couldn’t it have been one of the horrid multiplexes? They are a blot on the landscape outside and have all the atmosphere of a cold room inside.

ritzman
ritzman on March 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

The owners have announced today that the cinema will be fully restored – good news!

terry
terry on March 23, 2016 at 11:10 am

It is Grade 2 listed, I understand so does this mean that the owners only have to restore the exterior to its pre-fire appearance?

Billy
Billy on August 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Still (half) standing as of August 2016, still with the movie posters from the month of the fire (Kung Fu Panda 3 and Eddie the Eagle) visible in the foyer.

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