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Located in Atherstone, Warwickshire, on Long Street, a short distance east of the main town centre. Built on the site of the Atherstone Workhouse, the Regal Cinema opened on 28th August 1937 with Jack Buchanan in “This’ll Make You Whistle” and Jack Holt in “Crash Donovan”. With its 750 seat auditorium on a stadium plan, it staged variety and well as pictures. The proscenium was 40 feet wide. It was first operated as an independent cinema by the owners of the Savoy Cinema, Stratford Road, Birmingham.
It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) on 30th August 1943. Taken over by independent operator Bob Sankey from 27th March 1960. Bob Sankey became well known in the business for operating a sideline company from the premises, dealing in second-hand spare parts for projectors and other cinema equipment.
The Regal Cinema operated as a part time bingo club for many years and screened its last film at a matinee performance on 12th August 1987, Disney’s “Flight of the Navigator”. That evening it played its final bingo session. Upon closing it was still maintained in immaculate condition, including polished woodwork and brass. Even the original two Ross-Simplex projectors with their original RCA sound heads were in perfect working order. The building had been sold in early-1987 with plans to build 37 flats on the site. It was demolished in 1989 and housing named Regal Court was built on the site.
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