Regal Theatre

Davis Road,

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Built on the site of John Magner’s Theatre at the Mall, which opened in 1913 and was destroyed by fire in 1919. It was rebuilt as the Clonmel Theatre in 1921 with over 1,000 seats. Around 1930 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. It was eventually re-named Regal Theatre which closed in 2001, as the owner was unable to either sell or lease the theatre.

The shuttered 850-seat theatre was valued at Euro900,000 but could be sold for over Euro 1million.

A group in Clonmel, Ireland was formed to save the city’s Regal Theatre. Residents tried to urge the city to buy the theatre and re-open it as a performing arts center. Sadly, this was not to be, and it has been converted into retail use.

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irishcine on March 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

Passed by the former Regal on Saturday. The building stands, apparently empty with only an advertisment for a furniture retailer on it. That is over the corner entrance. This firm may once have used the premises, as the name is Regal, but this firm now has modern premises behind the former theatre / cinema. The building seems to be in good structural condition, well painted but is firmly locked up, so what it is like internally could not be seen.

The theatre was originally built in 1913, the architect was AOM Lovell, with between 700 and 800 tip up seats, and a stage measuring 30x26. For much of its life it ran as a cinema, with stage use on special occasions.

irishcine on July 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

It would seem cinema use ended around 2001.

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