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The Regal reopened after tripling in Jan 1988 having spent IR£120,000 on the conversion. Pullman seating was for 290,175 and 79. Larry O’Keeffe bought the place from Ward Anderson in 1995 and turned it back into a theatre which closed in March 2001. It is now the Regal Centre and includes the Pet Planet store since October 2012 and Tangled Yarns. O'Keeffe’s furniture store is now at the back.
It would seem cinema use ended around 2001.
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.
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