Regal Cinema

1008 Stockport Road,
Levenshulme,
Manchester, M19 3WN

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Regal Cinema

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Located in the south Manchester district of Levenshulme. The Regal Cinema was opened on 14th December 1937. It was built for and operated by Associated British Cinemas(ABC), and was designed by their in-house architect W.R. Glen. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

The Regal Cinema suffered damage from a fire which broke out in the circle on 15th January 1957. Repairs were carried out and it re-opened on 8th April 1957. The Regal Cinema was closed on 22nd April 1961 with Albert Finney in "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning".

It was converted into an ABC ten-pin bowling alley. Ten-pin bowling was a short lived fad, and the building became a bingo club for many years. After that closed it became a cash & carry retail warehouse.

In February 2004, it was converted into an Indian restaurant & banquet hall known as Nawaab. Most of the original Art Deco style decoration has been retained.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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woody
woody on August 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

a very grainy photo i took in 1989 when it was in bingo use, the building was split horizonatally at this stage and much of the decor had been lost, i think it was a MECCA hall, my flatmate worked there and had to wear a hideous maroon and brown nylon uniform
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2120705177/
the huge bulk of the rear of the building can be seen from the mainline train as you approach manchester piccadilly station

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