Thursday, 22 October 2009

THE REGAL # 1

Regal CinemaEarlier this month on this blog there was mention of the Regal Cinema, High Street. The colour photo above shows the site as it looks today with the Co-op on the left and Lloyds Pharmacy right. The Regal opened in 1937 and was owned by Rhyl Entertainments Limited, the company that owned already the Queens Theatre & Ballroom, Plaza Cinema and Cinema Royal.

Architecturally the Regal had one or two nice touches including the exterior details shown above. It also had a pleasant foyer and usually there was a doorman. The Regal was equipped for technological changes in the business in 1940s and ‘50s (colour, widescreen etc) but by the end of the ‘50s television had become so accessible and fashionable that the end was nigh for a lot of cinemas.

The photograph above (CENTRE) is from the collection of Rhyl Library.

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