Regent Theatre

303 High Street,
Rangiora 7440

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Built in 1925 as the Everybody’s Theatre, it was later renamed Regent Theatre. It became a two screen cinema in 1984, when a 99 seat theatrette was built in the old council offices on the 2nd floor. The main theatre originally held 600, and when the foyer was enlarged the seating was reduced to 400.

The main theatre stopped operating as a cinema in 1992 when the screen was damaged during a live performace that was being held on the stage. It re-opened in 2009, the theatrette has operated non-stop since 1984.

Closed by earthquake damage on 3rd September 2010, it was repaired and reopened, but closed again in November 2011, awaiting seismic studies.

Contributed by Pat Walsh

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Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on October 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Since closed following the Christchurch earthquake on September 3, 2010. No sign of it re-opening.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on January 28, 2011 at 6:03 am

This cinema is undergoing a complete refit following damage by the September earthquake.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on December 20, 2011 at 6:17 am

The Regent reopened mid 2011 after repairs were completed after the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Now the Waimakariri District Council, owner of the Building, has again closed the cinema without warning on November 16 2011 indefinitely and awaiting a seismic report.

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