Mecca Cinema

Ockford Road,
Godalming, GU7

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Regal Cinema Godalming

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Located in Godalming, to the south of Guildford, Surrey. The Regal Cinema was opened by the County Cinemas chain on 2nd August 1935. It was designed in a Neo-Georgian style by architect Robert Cromie, with Art Deco style interior decorations by interior designers Mollo & Egan. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 36 feet wide, and there was a small stage. The cinema had a car park for the convenience of its patrons.

The Regal Cinema was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in September 1939. It was re-named Odeon on 7th May 1945.

It was one of a group of Rank Organisation cinemas that were taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain on 3rd December 1967, and was converted into a Classic Bingo Club from 18th January 1968. In 1971, the balcony was converted into the 280-seat Classic Cinema, with bingo continuing in the former stalls area.

It was later taken over by Mecca Leisure Ltd., and the cinema was re-named Mecca Cinema, with a Mecca Bingo club operating in the former stalls area. The Mecca Cinema was closed on 13th December 1975. The auditorium was reverted back to a single space, and continued as a Mecca Bingo Club. This later closed, and the building was demolished in February & March 1996. Housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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