Regal Cinema

15 Friar Street,
Youghal P36 N562

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Now closed Regal Cinema, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

The Regal Cinema was opened on 15th June 1936 with Fred Astaire in “Top Hat”. It was built to serve the small East Cork holiday town of Youghal. The cinema, still owned and operated by the Hurst family, was a replacement for an earlier Hurst owned cinema, Hurst’s Picture Palace that was opened in 1914 and was destroyedby fire in 1935. The Regal Cinema had a 28ft wide proscenium and was equipped with a Parmeko sound system. In 1954 the Irish premiere of “Moby Dick” starring Gregory Peck was held at the Regal Cinema. The film had been partially shot in the town.

The hall was heavily renovated and multiplexed in June 1997. It operated as three screens. Studio One seating 150, Studio Two seating 80 and Studio Three seating 60.

The Regal Cinema was closed on 29th August 2010. It was purchased by new owners in July 2017 and following renovations the Regal Cinema reopened on 7th July 2018. It now boasts the facilities of a wine bar and cafe.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

irishcine
irishcine on August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

Cinema is to close this month. Unclear what happens to the building.

irishcine
irishcine on September 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Cinema closed at the end of August 2010.

irishcine
irishcine on February 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

A poster on the cinema asks for expressions of interest in the former cinema. Downtown Youghal has many empty premises, and the small department store there recently closed.

irishcine
irishcine on November 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

No change, empty and for sale.

Nick123
Nick123 on July 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

This cinema has been bought. The new owners are re-opening it in April 2018

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on September 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

The Regal was converted to 3 screens in June 1997 and closed on 29 August 2010. Projectionist Michael Roche, who was 87 at the time, was reputed to be the oldest in Ireland.

Nick123
Nick123 on July 13, 2018 at 8:58 pm

The Regal youghal opened again on the 7th July 2018. Newly refurbished and renovated.

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on January 26, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Opened 15 June 1936 with Top Hat. Replaced Hurst’s previous cinema which burned down in 1935. Irish premiere of Moby Dick held here in 1954 as it had been partially shot in the town.

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