Regent Theatre

U.S. Route 1,
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

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Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I saw my first scary movies at the Regent when I was 8. They were a double feature of “Creature with the Atom Brain” and “It Came from Beneath the Sea” on November 12, 1955. I dreamed about the creature for a long time afterward.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

The Regent was a beautiful theater where I developed the movie-going habit and my love for theaters. I started going during the 1955 Summer Vacation Movies when I was 8. This was a series of 12 movies and the season ticket was $1.00. There was one movie per week, except for the first two weeks when there were two. Up through 1958, this series played at the Century, Regent, and Beacon. After the Regent closed in 1959, the series was moved to the original Bluebird, which closed in September 1959. Then they played at the Century in 1960 and the New Bluebird in 1961. Here is the list of Summer Vacation Movies for 1955 at the Regent: 6/28 Shane 6/30 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 7/5 Last of the Mohicans 7/7 Big Leaguer 7/14 I Love Melvin 7/21 Plymouth Adverture 7/28 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 8/4 Son of Paleface 8/11 Jack and the Beanstalk (Abbott and Costello) 8/18 Poor Little Rich Girl 8/25 Here Come the Nelsons 9/1 Seminole

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm

If you click on the photo link at the top, you’ll see opening and closing ads for the Regent.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on June 24, 2011 at 4:23 am

The Regent Theatre is now the Colonial Heights post office. The theatre building was partially demolished and the post office was built around it. Part of the original theatre building is visible around back.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on June 24, 2011 at 4:11 am

The Regent closed in 1959. Its last movie was “The Perfect Furlough”.