Regal Cinema

95 High Street,
Paisley, PA1 2BD

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Charles J. McNair

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: ABC

Nearby Theaters

Regal/ABC, High Street, Paisley

The Regal Cinema was built for Associated British Cinemas(ABC), and it opened on 26th November 1934 with George Arlis in "The House of Rothschild".

The large building was located on the High Street at the corner of Lady Lane. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 45 feet wide proscenium. The Regal Cinema was equipped with a Compton 2Manual/6Ranks organ, which had an illuminated console, and was opened by organist Gerald Shaw. Doris Bamford was the resident organist who also played on opening night.

The Regal Cinema was re-named ABC in 1963, and from 28th August 1978, it was taken over by Caledonian Associated Cinemas(CAC) who re-named it Regal Cinema again.

The Regal Cinema was closed in April 1981 with “Emmanuelle III” being the final film. It was converted into a County Bingo Club. County operated the club for many years, and the company were taken over by Gala Bingo in 2006, and they closed the bingo club on 5th March 2006.

The Regal Cinema was demolished during February/March 2009.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

A set of photographs showing the demolition of the Regal Cinema:
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A vintage photograph of the ABC in the 1960's

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 27, 2009 at 9:31 am

A set of photographs taken just prior to demolition:
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westender on February 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm


Nice seeing the links to my pictures on :),just to confirm the cinema is not yet demolished Central Demolition of Bonnybridge who are carring out the work have the next 3 weekends to demolish the building and it shall take the next 2 at least due to the complex nature of demolishing the building. i shall keep my photos updated feel free to comment on them if you wish

Buffer on June 1, 2017 at 4:25 am

A security guard at the Paisley Centre (Shopping Mall) said Paisley once had five cinemas, one being on the site where he stood, which must mean the Regal.

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