Regal Cinema

New Road,
Grays, RM17

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Previously operated by: Frederick's Electric Theatres

Architects: Frederick (Francis) Graham Moon Chancellor

Firms: Frank Matcham & Company

Styles: Art Deco, Atmospheric

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The Regal Cinema in New Road, Grays, Essex, opened in December 1930. It was Thurrock’s first ‘super-cinema’, complete with luxury furnishings, the latest technical equipment (including a ‘Symphonique’ organ) and seating for 1,490 people, all on a single level. The auditorium was designed in a semi-Atmospheric style. Built by Fredericks Electric Theatres and designed by F.G.M. Chancellor of Frank Matcham and Co., it also showed variety acts as well as films. There were six dressing rooms.

The Regal Cinema was closed in May 1960 and transformed into a ten-pin bowling alley, which soon closed. The building became derelict and then finally demolished in the mid-1960’s. Housing was built on the site.

Contributed by A.E.Clewley
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