Regent Theatre

41 E. Third Street,
Dunkirk, NY 14048

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Originally opened in late-1910 as the Drohen Theatre in was closed on June 22, 1920. Reopened as the Regent Theatre on March 21, 1921 it was closed in October 1929 after a devastating fire.

The Regent Theatre was eventually re-built in its current form, reopening Thanksgiving 1942. It closed in 1992.

Contributed by Paul Somerfeldt

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psomerf on September 16, 2008 at 1:49 am

In my defence, I never worked there, I just saw movies there. And I was living in Ithaca, and seeing movies at the State Theatre there, when the Regent (and the Cine) closed.

There is a new book on Dunkirk (written by a teacher I used to have), and they have a picture of the old Drohen (Dronen?) Theater and ever so briefly mention the theaters.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

June 8 1951 has “HALF ANGEL” playing.Evening admission is 55 cents for Adults; Kids 16 cents always.

mcorsoro on May 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Does anyone know who owns the Regent now? or if there are any plans for it?

psomerf on May 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

The last I heard it is owned by the guy who own Kettle & Keg and Walleye Willies, both Lake Shore Drive, East in Dunkirk. I saw someone working on the place last summer with a dumpster out front for a day.


psomerf on July 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I believe I have found the clock from the Regent. Or something similar. It is in the Dunkirk Historical Museum, Washington Ave, on the main floor.

Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

psomerf: Did you recently most on FB about this clock? Would love to see it so must head to the museum on Washington Avenue.

Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Also recall the nearby Catholic Church owns the former Regent Theatre building and uses it for storage. I think the seats were removed many years ago though its closing in 1992 wasn’t that long ago.

Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The building looks to be in sound condition and would make a great cinema again for the area as the cinema near the I-90 interchange shouldn’t be the only choice! Would love to know who, presently, owns this building!

psomerf on February 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Patsy: I may have posted on facebook. The church no longer owns the building, it is owned by the owner of Kettle & Keg. As far as it becoming a cinema again, I’m doubtful that that will ever happen. Last I heard Payne was seeking to take the slope out of the floor.

When I ate at K & K, Payne was usually there for the lunch rush, then left by 2 or 3. But that has been at least 2 years since I ate there that early.

psomerf on February 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I have heard rumors of a new (how long ago it happened to justify being called “new”, I don’t know) owner, with at least some interest in showing movies again. But that is third hand information, so I can’t vouch for its veracity.

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