Regal Cinema

5-7 Dereham Road,
Norwich, NR2 4HX

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Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Art Deco

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Regal Cinema

The Regal Cinema was built by Norwich builders Thomas Gill & Son (architect:unknown) and took four and half months to build. It opened on 16th April 1938 with Nelson Eddy & Jeannette MacDonald in "Rose Marie". It was operated by independent exhibitor Victor E. Harrison. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and there was a cafe for the convenience of patrons.

The Regal Cinema was closed in the early 1960’s and was converted into the Mayfair Bingo Club in the mid-1960’s. This closed in 1990 and the building was boarded up.

It was purchased by the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs and refurbished, retaining some of the original features, but hiding from view, the circle seating area and ceiling behind a false ceiling. It re-opened on 1st September 1999 as the City Gate pub. It has now been re-named Regal. By August 2014 it was operating as a restaurant known as Merge.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 1, 2008 at 10:36 am

A November 2007 photograph of the former Regal Cinema, now known as the Regal pub:

DavidSimpson on September 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

By August 2014 the Regal had closed as a Wetherspoon pub and was occupied by a restaurant called Merge, specialising in Far Eastern cuisine (Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand). See my photo.

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