Regal Cinema

15 Friar Street,
Youghal P36 N562

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

This cinema was built in 1936 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. The Regal Cinema had a 28ft wide proscenium and was equipped with a Parmeko sound system.

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 7 comments)

irishcine on August 16, 2010 at 12:50 am

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

irishcine on September 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

Cinema closed at the end of August 2010.

irishcine on February 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

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 on November 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

No change, empty and for sale.

Nick123 on July 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

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

popcorn_pete on September 10, 2017 at 3:33 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 on July 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

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

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