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Report - Gala Bingo/Regal Cinema Kingston July 2011

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by zombizza, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. zombizza

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    Another regular spot
    Stolen history below

    Opened on 15th February 1932, as 'The Regal Cinema' and the first film to be shown was "Splinters of the Navy" with Sydney Howard.

    In 1936 Union Cinemas took over, and the name changed along with it a year later in 1937. It was in 1938, however, that Union Cinemas were taken over by ABC (Asociated British Cinemas) and the ABC's name was changed back to Regal, a year later, during 1938.

    Closure came on July 17th 1976 after showing 'Blondie' and 'Adventures of a Taxi Driver' and it was not until 1991 that it would reopen, although only as a Coral Bingo Club. Since April 2010, Gala Bingo (who presumably took over from Coral) the building has been boarded up and closed down. Fortunately, however, it is Grade II listed.

    A nice little outing whilst the mrs did her shopping in kingston.
    Nice big space and some art deco treasures.

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