Regent Cinema

Old London Road,
Penrith, CA11 8ET

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Located in Penrith, Cumbria. The Regent Cinema opened on 5th December 1933 with Diana Wynyard in “Cavalcade”. It was designed by architect G.H. Fawcett of Scarborough and was owned by the New Cinema (Penrith) Ltd. It had 717 seats in stalls and single balcony. It had a simple, but dignified facade of two storeys with 5 tall narrow windows arranged 1 – 3- 1 on the upper level, one at either side of the ground floor level with four entrance doors under the central windows. There was a cafe-lounge located over the entrance.

It had a largely uneventful life, becoming the sole cinema in the town in 1971 when the Alhambra Cinema closed. However in 1984 the Regent Cinema showed its last films “Baby Love-Lemon Popsicle 5” and “American Raspberry” on 1st March, as films returned to the sub-divided Alhambra Cinema. The Regent Cinema was then converted into a furniture showroom, most likely with minimal structural alteration. However, it has recently been completely gutted inside to provide 15 single flats for young people and a cyber-café known as The Sphere or the Eden Rural Foyer Project.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on March 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Exterior photos of the Regent here:–

1978 still as a cinema
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1996 as a showroom
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