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    Default The regal cinema...


    Known to most as Robins, This war time building opened in 1932 as The Regal Cinema.

    Opening in the August of 1932 it was under ownership of Robins cinemas and offered a single screen with 1000+ seats.


    5494039589_6c277d79c6_b by SMCGILL09, on Flickr


    Seen here in the 1980's under the title of classic, its white walls and art deco architecture look almost new.
    By this time she had been ripped apart and the interior changed from one screen to three.

    At the time of the picture:
    Showing in theatre 1 : a double bill of Disney's The Rescuers / Candlefoot
    Showing in theatre 2 an adult double bill evenings only : Rabid / Shivers
    Showing in theate 3 : Any Which Way But Loose


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    Here she is today.
    Battered and broken, the shops either side borded up and forgotten.
    Even i was unaware that shops lay either side intill doing this research, i didnt go inside on my explore, ill have to return.


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    Security was tight, but after a golden handshake he let us in...


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    The 1930's painted sign still remains.


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    Sovereigns Snooker club offered snooker, pool cards and drinks all under the same roof....that roof was destoryed by fire in 2006.


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    I didnt venture tofar into the snooker club as the roof was on the verge of collapse.. As you can see.

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    Heading up stairs i wanted to see what treasures i could find in the staff only areas.

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    Then after hearing a shout from my companion of OH JESUS, we found the cinema.

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    A hole in the screen gave us access to what was the room above the snooker hall, the fire left nothing but twisted metal and a lack of roof...


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    A Fire escape took us up a side route..

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    But we were confused..i knew there was a projecter room somewhere, but we couldnt go up any higher....intill we descovered the secret stair..

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    After showing its last film in 2003 the projector seems to have just been left. Intill some punk kid poured paint on it...


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    Was this the last film to be shown here???....



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    As allways..a random chair....

    Making our way thro the rooms next to the projection room....


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    We spoke to some of the ghosts..

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    but the movie was boring..

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    We waited for the bit after the end credits....

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    An intresting place that doent have long left i fear. This is due to the fact that they dont have a 3D screen and there not bringing the crowds in anymore.....:)













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    Youre really lucky to do that, I'm dead envious, I haven't done a cinema yet but really want to.
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    thats a good report mate thanks !
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    Fantastic, thanks for sharing

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    really cool !! like this one some nice bits still in her
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    Quote Originally Posted by omj624p View Post
    Youre really lucky to do that, I'm dead envious, I haven't done a cinema yet but really want to.
    it was my first cinema, pity it was so messed up what with fire and weather damage. as u can see the the main rooms r in alright condition and really fun to look around.
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    Great pics! What a great find!
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    You made it in the end! They must have had three films on rotation as it's impossible it had 3 screens from when I went there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daimo_45 View Post
    You made it in the end! They must have had three films on rotation as it's impossible it had 3 screens from when I went there!
    i think one screen became the snooker club and then burnt down as for the third i can only guess as it being the open space thats now out the back.

    i would look for some plans to answer your question but. i .cant.be.bothered
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    Love it mate well done :)
    Keep out? Hell, might aswell send me an RSVP

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