Regal Cinema

Market Place,
Ringwood, BH24 1AW

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Architects: Ernest S. Roberts

Previous Names: Picture House, Victoria Cinema

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Regal Cinema

Located in Ringwood, north of Bournemouth, Hampshire. The Regal Cinema in Ringwood’s Market Place occupied the former Corn Exchange building, which dates back to 1868. It was converted for use as a Picture House in around 1914, and in 1931 was named Victoria Cinema. It was re-named Regal Cinema in 1936-7 and in 1939, the owners were A. Austin Pilkington’s Theatres. It would be around this time that noted cinema architect Ernest S. Roberts was employed to carry out renovations on the building.

The stage was 20ft deep and local people recall that there was a theatre organ. The Regal Cinema ceased being a full time cinema in 1959 when live shows were introduced, together with film performances. By 1964, it was operating only one night a week as a cinema, and was closed in 1972. It was converted into a shopping arcade, with a squash court above. Later, Route 42 night club, an Italian restaraunt and a few shops, all of which have closed by 2015.

Contributed by James Raeburn

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

coombesmeister on February 28, 2014 at 2:18 am

I was born in Ringwood and spent many a happy hour in the regal, a shame the town has no cinema

DavidSimpson on July 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Sadly, on my visit in June 2015 the Regal was very firmly boarded up.

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