Regal Cinema

8 King Street,
Melton Mowbray, LE13 1XA

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A gorgeous small town cinema seating 897 in stalls and balcony, the Regal Cinema opened in 1933 and was designed by a Mr Riley of architectural firm T. Denman & Sons.

In 1979 Zetters bingo bought the building and converted the stalls area into a bingo club, with a 226-seat cinema operating in the circle. In recent years it underwent some restoration. The bingo club has now been converted into a bar. Seating the cinema is now provided for 110.

The colourful facade is formed of faience tiling. It was renovated in 2013 to the plans of architect Bill Chew.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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jbn6773
jbn6773 on March 22, 2005 at 1:32 am

Was in Melton Mowbray just before christmas 2004. The cinema now only occupies the balcony area, with the entire stalls/stage area having been used as a bingo hall. This part of the building is now occupied by a large bar called ‘The Cutting Room’. The dividing wall at the front of the balcony where the screen is now located is used by the bar to project television pictures. The main bar and toilets are located in the area where the stage and original screen would have been located. I have been in the cinema once (about 6 years ago) it now probably holds about 200-250.

uptownjen
uptownjen on August 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

the exterior of that building is simply heavenly! i love the use of color.

MPol
MPol on January 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

It’s agreed, uptownjen. Pretty cool!

carolgrau
carolgrau on July 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Would have loved to see it in it’s heyday, bet she was a real beauty.

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