Regent Cinema

Crosswells Road & Hall Street,
Langley Green,
Oldbury, B68

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Regent Cinema

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Located in the Langley Green district of Olbury, originally in Worcestershire, on Crosswells Road at the corner of Hall Street. The Langley Cinema was opened on 26th January 1920 with “Out of the Shadows”. It was designed by Birmingham architect Abel Round. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

It was rebuilt in an Art Deco style and enlarged to 1,200 seats in 1933, re-opening on 4th September 1933 as the Regent Cinema with Ralph Lynn in “Just My Luck”. It had a 27 feet wide proscenium. In April 1935 it was taken over by Charles Dent.

The Regent Cinema was closed on 14th August 1965 with Billy Fury in “I’ve Got a Horse” and “Carry On Teacher”. In November 1965 it re-opened as the Langley Variety Club, presenting live performances. Stars such as Bob Monkhouse, the Beverley Sisters, Mike Yarwood & Jess Conrad were some of name artistes to appear here.

It was re-seated and re-opened as the Astra Cinema on 19th July 1969 with Yul Brynner in “The Magnificent Seven”. But this was short lived as it re-opened on 30th July 1968 as an adult cinema, showing uncensored films as a cinema club.

Taken over by new owners, it re-opened on 3rd November 1973 as the Milan Cinema with a morning children’s matinee performance of “Submarine X-L” and “Thunderbirds 6”. The following day “A Clockwork Orange” was the main feature film. In 1974 it was renamed Regent Cinema again. From February 1976 it began screening East Indian (Bollywood) films and was again re-named Milan Cinema. It finally closed in January 1980.

It was converted into a clothing factory in March 1980, and part of the building was destroyed by a fire in March 1994. The remains were eventually demolished and housing has now been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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