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
psomerf on September 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm

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 2:34 pm

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

mcorsoro
mcorsoro on May 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

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

psomerf
psomerf on May 12, 2011 at 6:15 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.

Paul

psomerf
psomerf on July 31, 2012 at 6:30 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
Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

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
Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

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
Patsy on September 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

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
psomerf on February 8, 2013 at 6:17 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
psomerf on February 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

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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