Regal Theatre

112 Station Road,
Ashington, NE63 8HE

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Regal Theatre

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 3:05 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 on March 21, 2017 at 8:44 am

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.

phmilesc on September 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Dennis was the name of the last Chief Projectionist. We opperated 2 projectors with peerless arc lamps and 1 stills lamp. I was the apprentice in 1976. We both moved to operate the projectors an the Wallaw after the Regal closed. The projectionist room has two windows to light the winding room which you can see on the photo at the top left. Dennis took Fridays off. I would play my own records in the auditorium of that day. Your welcome. :)

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