Regent Cinema

6 Moulsham Street,
Chelmsford, CM2 0HR

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REGENT, Chelmsford.

The Regent Theatre was built as a cine-variety house and opened in 1913 having being designed by Francis Burdett Ward. In August 1916 it became a full-time cinema. It has an elaborately decorated auditorium containing a large stalls seating area, single balcony and two bulbous boxes on each side. The whole auditorium is richly embellished with fibrous plasterwork . The proscenium arch is marble flanked and the stage was relatively deep for such a dual-purpose building. The ornate decoration extends through into the foyer areas which were altered in 1935. In 1943 when, in the ownership of Eastern Counties Cinemas Ltd, it seated 1,000. It was operated by Shipman & King from around 1959.

Despite the generous stage, the Regent Theatre was mostly operated as a cinema until closure on 6th September 1975 when it became a bingo hall. This too has closed and the Regent is now a large bar, now known as the Chicago Rock Cafe, it thankfully retains the auditorium decorations intact. The foyer has been extensively altered and also functions as a bar. It is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on May 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Two photos (inside and out) of the Regent here:–

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Ian on December 2, 2007 at 7:52 pm

Two older photographs from 1988 of the interior of the Regent before transformation to a pub:–

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