Regent Cinema

Diamond Avenue,
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, NG17 7GR

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TR6Kid
TR6Kid on March 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Ladbrokes Theatres ( Bingo Halls ),bought it from Essoldo at some point, they were definitely running it in 1980/81 as I went there on relief. I guess they bought it in the early 70’s, and presumably ran it into the the early 80’s, I am sure it was sold as a going concern at that point, Ladbrokes were getting rid of all the small clubs at that time. I also found a load of paying in books for the bank from the 1940’s, during the war, they were banking £400 plus a week – that’s a lot of bums on seats at a tanner or whatever a go! Also, the Circle seats were / would have been in use, especially in the 60’s, bingo halls were packed to the rafters, and in the pre Gaming Act days some serious fortunes were made.

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on August 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

On 19 February 2013 J D Wetherspoon opened one of their pubs in the former (unrecognisable) stalls area. The company reinstated the roof top sign, adding “THE” to “REGENT” – compare with the archive photograph showing only “REGENT”. Presumably this was partly for advertising reasons, as the kebab shop has remained in the former cinema foyer and its signage takes up the most prominent position. The entrance to the pub is on the right hand side, not far from the entrance used for the Cineplex.