Regent Cinema

189 Church Street,
Blackpool, FY1 3NY

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Regent Cinema

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Opened on 17th January 1921, the Regent Picture House has a magnificent white faiance tiled facade on a corner site commanding the attention in the area. A tall domed tower is above the entrance foyer. The tiling is Middleton’s fireclay ceramo and it has proved to be a good choice of material, able to stand up to the elements in this northern seaside town.

In 1969 it began running bingo on several nights a weeks and by 1971 had become a full time bingo club. In recent years it operated as a snooker hall, which closed around 2010. In 2013 the building was sold and renovation/restoration work began to bring it back into use as a cinema and live performance venue.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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felixgarnet
felixgarnet on July 16, 2007 at 6:00 pm

The Regent Cinema was certainly not “single floored”! It had a circle on the first floor of approximately 200 seats AND a tiny back circle to the left. There were ladies and gents toilets at the end of the right and left hand walkways and a staff room with a tiny kitchen at the back. I loved that place, was an usherette there in 1970-71 and was brokenheated when it became a Bingo hall. I’ll send a picture soon – most of the tiles are still intact but the first few feet of the building have been coated in a white concrete-type substance. Best wishes and thank you for the site!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm

felixgarnet;Many thanks for your observations on this building. Amendments will be made to the opening description.

BigTrev
BigTrev on October 22, 2007 at 7:03 am

One of the most distinctive features of this cinema was an opening roof! The building costruction is unusual reinforced concrete beams with a virtually flat roof with no roof void. A hole in the roof was then covered with a structure with sliding panels, leading to possible “al fresco” viewing of films.

Ian
Ian on January 6, 2008 at 9:07 am

Two photographs of the Regent – in between bingo and snooker – here:–

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Ian
Ian on December 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

In 2012 the Regent is unused, the snooker hall appears to have closed circa 2010.

2012 Photos:–

REGENT CINEMA

REGENT CINEMA

BlackpoolGhosts
BlackpoolGhosts on January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Regent still has roof, opening and intact. felix is indeed correct and this is up for auction very soon. false floors and orig decor still left, all I need is a lottery win now…

Ian
Ian on February 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

The Regent is offered at auction with a guide price of £60,000 later this month.

“FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2013 AT 11AM, AT THE MCDONALD TICKLED TROUT HOTEL, PRESTON NEW ROAD, PRESTON, PR5 0UJ. PRICE GUIDE: £60,000 – £70,000Extensive two storey former Regent Cinema, more recently used as Riley’s, bar, pool and snooker hall. The property was built in the early 20th Century and is of brick built construction with decorated tiled frontage located on the corner of Church Street and Regent Road in a superb Town Centre location. The property has a tall three storey domed tower with ornate parapet walls. Internally and externally the property requires extensive renovation works and comprises a large pool hall with bar area and WC’s, two snooker rooms, a large disused theatre, cellar and boiler room.”

http://www.metcalfestateagents.co.uk/property_detail.php?ref=AUC00251

The signs are not good …

felixgarnet
felixgarnet on March 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

The Regent has been saved! A local bidder paid £100,000 for her and has plans to refurb and create an antiques hall. :-D Please join the new FaceBook group The Regent Cinema Blackpool!

friendstheregent
friendstheregent on June 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

The Regent’s future has been secured with a trust now set up to restore the building back to as close as it was when first built- major works are under way at present (june 2013) to remove all additions before evaluation and restoration commences.

FanaticalAboutOdeon
FanaticalAboutOdeon on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

Was given a tour of the Regent yesterday by the new owner who is very keen to move ahead with step-by-step restoration. When he removed the false ceiling to reveal the part of the original ceiling forward of the balcony, he was delighted to find the rectangular frieze of chariot-hauling horses above the proscenium arch perfectly intact (painted gold this now looks wonderful)but less impressed by the crude way the steelwork, from which the false ceiling was suspended, had been anchored by hacking away at the ceiling and wall decoration – obliterating sections of beautiful mouldings. He has taken impressions of sections which match those destroyed and is in the process of having sections made to complete the ceiling once again. We were in the balcony whose steppings all appear sound and just waiting for seats to be installed and carpet laid – once the ceiling has been fully repaired/redecorated and given a clean bill of health. The two little corners of “extra” seating are still intact at front right and rear left of the balcony. The plan is to open up the 12' deep stage and install a screen in a way that would enable acts and bands to also use the stage. Currently, more space at first floor level is being renovated in the adjoining building to extend/relocate the second hand stalls at present on the ground floor but perhaps only the balcony is to be used for the digital screenings/live performances.

If in the area, do go in and have a look, the cafe on the ground floor is very comfy and they serve delicious coffees and toothsome, homemade cakes! An enterprise very deserving of support.

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