Old Regent Ballroom

19 Corringham Road,
Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ

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Old Regent Ballroom

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Located in Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex. The Regent Cinema was a small independent that opened in February 1935 with “20 Million Sweethearts” starring Dick Powell & Ginger Rogers. It had an unusual design in that the entrance area was at a 90 degree angle to the main hall. The cinema was equipped with stage facilities and had one dressing room.

It normally played second string to the big cinemas in nearby Grays – showing only second run films. It closed as a cinema in the 1970’s. The auditorium had a floor built across at balcony level, and the ground floor became a bingo club, with the upstairs used as a pool and snooker hall, operating as the Regent Leisure Centre. Eventually Riley’s snooker took over the entire building. It was closed in the early-2000’s, and the building suffered water damage.

Taken over by new owners in 2013, it was renamed Old Regent Ballroom, and presents cabaret and other events downstairs, and a ballroom/dance studio upstairs.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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DAVID STICKLAND
DAVID STICKLAND on February 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The chief projectionist was the late Jim Frostick. Some years after the Regent closed, he became the 2nd operator at the State Grays. Mr Frostick passed away in 2011. The assistant operator was Ken Butler, who still lives in the town. Mr Butler also became a part time projectionist at the State Grays.

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