262 Ashley Road,
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Architects: Robin Audrey Thomas
Styles: Art Deco
Located in Parkstone, near Poole, Dorset, on the corner of Ashley Road and Jubilee Road. This was originally the site of the Victory Palace Cinema which was opened in 1920, and was closed in February 1935 and demolished. The Regal Cinema opened on 18th September 1935 with Anna Neagle in “Peg of Old Drury”. This beautiful Art Deco style cinema was also equipped with a café.
For a suburb of both Bournemouth and Poole, this was a very grand cinema indeed. With wooden panels along the side and beautiful proscenium lighting this cinema evoked everything that post war Britain needed to clear the gloom.
I saw “Moby Dick” with Gregory Peck here and “Journey to The Centre of the Earth” with Pat Boone. This was also my Saturday morning children’s club as a small boy. For six old pence (2.5 new pence) You got a feature film, the news, cartoons and a serial. Great value!
The Regal Cinema closed on 12th October 1963 with Frank Sinatra in “Come Blow Your Horn”. The cause of closure was due to hooligans disrupting the screenings. It was demolished shortly afterwards to make way for two retail units.
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