Regal Cinema

Church Street,
Ormskirk, L39 3AG

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Regal Cinema Ormskirk

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Located in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The Regal Cinema was opened on 26th January 1936 with a stage production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard”, presented by the Ormskirk Operatic & Dramatic Society. The first films were screened on 10th February 1936.

Designed by Liverpool based architect Lionel A.G. Pritchard, the Regal Cinema had seating provided in stalls & circle levels. It had a 34 feet wide proscenium, with a decent sized stage and an orchestra pit. Lighting in the auditorium was contained in troughs in the ceiling. It was equipped with a Western Electric sound system.

The Regal Cinema was operating as a part-time cinema in the early-1960’s, with bingo on certain nights of the week. By the mid-1960’s, it had closed as a cinema and converted to a full-time bingo club. This continued into the early-1980’s, when the bingo club closed.

The building was converted into a Tesco supermarket.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

CSWalczak on July 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

This is a picture of the former Regal Theatre in Ormskirk. I don not think the building was demolished, but rather that the supermarket occupies the the building that housed the theatre.

madorganplayer on September 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Yes this is correct that the Tesco Metro have converted the original building.Its been a tesco since i moved to the area in 1986.

Flyman on April 4, 2015 at 1:28 am

Above the suspended ceiling of the supermarket the circle has been extended forwards to create a warehouse/stockroom. The stepped floor of the circle is still there as are the portals of the projection room.

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