Regal Theatre

112 Station Road,
Ashington, NE63 8HE

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Regal Theatre

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Located in Ashington, Northumberland. The Regal Theatre was built on the site of the Miners' Theatre by Wallaw Pictures Ltd. It opened in 1939, and had a 39 feet wide proscenium. The orchestra pit could hold 15 musicians, and it had an organ (make unknown). It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

It was taken over by the Noble Organisation in 1972, and they closed the Regal Theatre in November 1979 with “Elvis the Movie”.

The building then lay derelict for several years until it was eventually demolished, and housing has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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project on August 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Regal used to host Sunday night concerts and in the seventies it did several rock/pop concerts including Slade and Whitesnake. The Regal when rebuilt in 1939 by architects Percy L Brown Harding, retained the original Miners Hall auditorium and stage exterior walls with a rebuilt 1930s frontage and interior. The rebuilt auditorium was very similar to the Ritz at Wallsend which was also built in 1939 by Percy L Brown Harding. When the Regal was being demolished you could see the top of the original Miners Hall proscenium and plasterwork. As far as I am aware the Regal did not have an organ, although the Miners Hall may have had one.

richard6868
richard6868 on March 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Looking at the OS map for 1981 and Google Earth suggests to me that the Station Court residential care home is not on the site of the Regal as stated in the Overview description. The Regal stood just to the west of St Aidan’s R.C. church (site now occupied by 4 modern terraced houses) but Station Court is a good bit further along to the west and stands on a site formerly occupied by Station Road Methodist Church and some adjoining terraced premises fronting Station Road.

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