Regent Picture House

233 Church Road,
Birkenhead, CH42 0LD

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Located in the Higher Tranmere district of Birkenhead, Merseyside. The Regent Picture House was opened on 16th July 1925 with Bessie Love in “Forget Me Not” and “The Bashful Sailor”, plus a short film about the construction of the cinema. The entrance to the cinema was located on the right of the building, with the auditorium running to the left, parallel to Church Road. Seating was provided for 1,100, all on a single sloping floor. It was operated by Tranmere Picture House Ltd. On 10th March 1930 it screened its first ‘talkie’ “Compromise” starring Eddie Quinlan, and a Western Electric(WE) sound system had been fitted.

The Regent Picture House was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in August 1935. They closed the Regent Picture House in December 1956 with Anna Neagle in “My Teenage Daughter”. The building was offered ‘For Sale’ and was eventually demolished in 1972 to build a garage and auto safety centre on the site, which in 2014 is Outlook windows & doors double glazing.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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