ABC Walton-on-Thames

New Zealand Avenue,
Walton-on-Thames, KT12

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ABC Regal Walton-on-Thames

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The Regal Cinema opened on 26th March 1938. It was built for Lou Morris and was almost identical to his Regal Cinema, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. In fact the same architect, Leicester based C. Edmund Wilford, designed both Regal’s. The Regal Cinema, Walton-on-Thames had seating in stalls and circle levels and there were large decorated panels on the side-walls flanking the proscenium which were the work of interior designers Mollo & Egan. A wide decorative band ran down the length of the ceiling which contained backlit panels. It was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/8Rank plus Melotone theatre organ which had an iluminated console on a lift in the orchestra pit. It had a 45 feet wide proscenium, a stage 20 feet deep and three dressing rooms. There was also a cafe for the convenience of patrons.

The Regal Cinema, Walton-on-Thames also followed a similar history to the Regal Cinema, Bridlington and was taken over by Arthur Cohen’s Mayfair Circuit in around 1941 and from 30th August 1943 was sold to Associated British Cinemas(ABC).

The Regal, Walton-on-Thames was re-named ABC in 1963 and was closed on 11th December 1971. It was later demolished and shops were built on the site.

(The Regal Cinema, Bridlington still exists today, in use as a Gala Bingo Club.)

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Soulcharger on January 16, 2016 at 3:36 am

I lived in Walton on Thames from about 1967 to 1979 ans was a regular at the Regal/ABC in New Zealand avenue. What a wonderful piece of art deco architecture what a loss when demolished in the 1970s.

goodshow on January 16, 2016 at 4:24 am

As an added compliment to the photo in the profile gallery with the two-tone car parked opposite, have uploaded a photo of the feature showing at the time, “JetStorm” directed by Cy Endfield.

This 1959 film had its out of London release some two-thirds of the year through 1959 so the picture date would be around August/September of that year.

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