42 Cinque Ports Street,
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Previously operated by: Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the small East Sussex town of Rye. The Regent Cinema was opened in October 1932 with 671 seats as a replacement to the Rye Electric Palace. It was designed by architect Henry Coussens of Hastings. Built for the Shipman & King Circuit, it was their fourth purpose built cinema. The Regent Cinema received a direct hit by German bombs in 1942, killing the assistant manager who had just finished supervising a training show. The ruined remains stood abandoned for several years.
In 1948, Shipman & King employed architect David E. Nye to design a new Regent Cinema on part of the old Regent Cinema site. Similar in design to the old cinema, this one contained 744 seats, in a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear of the auditorium rather than an overhanging balcony. The ‘new’ Regent Cinema was opened on 11th March 1948 with Michael Dennison in “My Brother Jonathan”.
Taken over by EMI in 1967, the Regent Cinema was closed on 29th September 1973. The building stood empty for several years, but was eventually demolished and the Regent Motel was built and opened on the site in 1984.
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