Regal Cinema

Castle Circus,
Torquay, TQ1 3JQ

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rasLXR on March 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Have uploaded some scanned photos belonging to P. Leach whose father was the Chief Projectionist.

gfdbill on March 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm

When I first started going to the Regal the screen was in 4:3 format. Later they converted it to widescreen when Cinemascope came out. I remember being enthralled by The Dam Busters, and also remember seeing West Side Story there.

gfdbill on March 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

I was a regular at the Regal from my early years in the 1940’s. They ran Saturday morning kids shows – children only – you couldn’t take your parents! Sometimes they played the organ and we sang the ABC Minor’s song (see youtube). The shows always started with a short cartoon – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, etc. Or perhaps Bugs Bunny or Sylvester & Tweety Pie. Next was an episode of a serial such as Flash Gordon – great stories, pity about the pathetic special effects! Occasionally they showed a newsreel, but often it was a comedy short – The Three Stooges, or Bowery Boys. Finally the main film. Westerns were very popular. Anything with plenty of action and not too much kissing!

Ian on April 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Two further images from shortly before demolition, although I thought this was after 1989 … :–



MikeJC on April 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm

It also had a very nice 3manual/11rank Compton organ with an illuminated surround