Regent Cinema

Deane Road,
Bolton, BL3 5AG

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Regent Cinema

The Regent Cinema was opened on 6th November 1922 with 922 seats. It proclaimed on its canopy as “Bolton’s Cosy Cinema”. The Kinematograph Year Books for 1928, 1931 and 1937 shows the proprietors as Bolton Moore Kinema Ltd ( the ‘e’ is correct) with T. Jones as the Managing Director. The 1931 edition of KYB is the first to list a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

KYB 1942, 1947 and 1954 show the proprietors as the H.D. Moorehouse circuit of Shell-BP House, 7 Oxford Road, Manchester. KYB 1954 lists a 17ft 6inch screen in a 19ft proscenium.

Adjacent to the Regent Cinema was the Gladstone Hotel/pub which closed in 1964. The Regent Cinema was closed in 1967, and was demolished later that year together with the Gladstone Hotel. Google Streetview shows the buildings on Deane Road north of Harris Street (i.e. starting with the Regent Cinema) were demolished for a road scheme. There are photos showing that the Regent Cinema was on bingo for some time.

Contributed by H J Hill
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