Regal Cinema

Town Hall Street,
Enniskillen, BT74

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Regal Cinema

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The Regal Cinema opened on 4th January 1936 with Jessie Matthews in “Friday the Thirteenth”. It had a 32 feet wide proscenium. For the first 25 years or so, it was operated by an independent company Enniskillen Cinemas Ltd.

By 1963 it had been taken over by Odeon (Northern Ireland) Ltd. as part of the Rank Organisation. Still listed as operating in 1965, it had closed by 1980.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on November 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

My photographs were taken in September 2008. The Regal opened on Saturday 4 January 1936 with a Special Hospital Benefit Performance of “Friday the Thirteenth”, starring Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale. Regular performances began the following Monday with “Roberta”, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The auditorium walls featured hand painted murals of Devenish Abbey on one side and the old Weirs Bridge on the other. Having been acquired by the Rank Organisation, the Regal closed in February 1967 and was purchased by Bobby Donaldson, a local businessman. It was later sold to the Fermanagh Unionist Association and re-opened in May 1972 as the Fermanagh Unionist headquarters. I understand the auditorium murals survive. In September 2008 the foyer area was occupied by retailer ‘Toy Town’, while the Unionist Association used what I assume was the former Pit stalls entrance down the side of the building.

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