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Report - The Regent Picture House, Batley, Yorks, June '09

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by boxfrenzy, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Hidden and decaying above an amusement arcade In Batley, West Yorkshire is the former Regent Picture House. Above a suspended ceiling are the remains of the old cinema, built just after the end of the Great War in 1919.
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    Originally it could hold 800+ patrons who would have paid to see the films of the day.
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    For a moment, I thought I was at VIlla Park/Upton Park/Turf Moor (football "joke")
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    Lets check out the circle, the only part that remains.
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    Although the tiered flooring remains in the circle, many of the seats have long gone. Two rows of original seats are left.
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    Did I say the circle was the only part that remained? Sorry, there was a bit more...

    What does this door say?
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    Two projectors remain in here.
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    Both projectors were the same make.
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    Although there looked to be a seperate rewind room next door, there was a film on the rewinder in the projection room.
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    An atractive Hindu lady smiled back at me from the frames of the film.
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    At some time in the past (1970/80's?) a suspended ceiling has been put in, and covered up the beautiful plasterwork.
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    The ornate plaster work of the ceiling remain.
    Plans are in the pipeline to convert the upstairs of the venue, but keeping many of the original features.
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    Many thanks to Reverend Matt of Donut for the heads up on this.​
     

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