Regal Cinema

Main Street,
Kelty, KY4

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Regal, Main Street, Kelty

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Opened in 1939, the Regal Cinema was one of only two cinemas in Kelty, which is a small mining village in Scotland. It was built by local businessman Tommy Taylor and was operated as an independent cinema. He managed and operated the cinema until the mid-1960’s. The advent of TV in the area forced him to boost business by introducing bingo sessions. Eventually he sold the business and retired. It was taken over by a group from Lochgelly, named Timmins.

The Regal Cinema was closed as a cinema in 1964 or 1965 and converted into a bingo club. It was demolished in the 1990’s and a small Council office and car park is on the the site today.

Contributed by Steve Lynch, Bill Penman, Ken Roe

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garypainter
garypainter on April 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Our records indicate that the Regal opened in 1939, and the architect was Lawrence Anderson Rolland. Photograph of the presumably modernised facade whilst the building was a bingo hall at the bottom of this page here – these came from a collection of photos dating from the mid-1980s:

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Kelty’s other cinema was the Gothenburg, a conversion of a Gothenburg Hall. Pics and other material on that can also be found at the top of the page link given above.

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