Regent Cinema

Newcomen Terrace,
Redcar, TS10 1AU

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Regent Cinema

Cinema of my childhood. Saturday morning film club, the serial plus a few educational shorts.

Originally built as part of the pier in 1873 on the Espanade, it was converted into the Pavilion Theatre in 1928. In 1929 it became the New Pavilion Cinema with a seating capacity of 485. It was closed after the war and from 1946 was used as a dance hall. A Hammond electronic organ was installed, and this was replaced in 1975/1976 by a Wurlitzer theatre organ whch was originally installed in the Granada Cinema, Bedford. It was removed in 1980.

In 1965 it was re-opened as the Regent Cinema. It closed on 28th August 1982, then owned by the local council and having been leased to the Noble Organisation. Re-opened on 28th April 1983 with “ET-The Extra Terrestrial” it was closed again in October 1991. It re-opened again at the end of 1992 and continues, although it has suffered greatly due to multiplexes in nearby Middlesborough and Stockton. It was closed in April 2018 due to structural problems. The local council stated in spring 2019 that the Regent Cinema will re-open, but no time scale has been given. It was demolished in October 2020 and will be replaced by a 3-screen cinema on the same site.

Contributed by Graham Denison, Ken Roe

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Geepster
Geepster on December 24, 2006 at 1:14 pm

The Regent has just played the part of a French Cinema in the film Atonement.

Ian
Ian on June 6, 2007 at 3:14 am

A few photos of this single screen cinema here :–

Exterior (side view):
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Interior:-
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Jlupton
Jlupton on October 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Now being demolished and replaced with a 3 screen multiplex on the same site. Local opinion is divided with many sorry to see the Cinema go but there are severe structural problems. The below stage dressing rooms have flooded for many years (see link). https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/watch-take-tour-behind-scenes-11989454

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