100-year-old Blackpool cinema to reopen with major refurb after surviving Covid lockdowns

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The Regent cinema has received a new stage, new screen and furnishings during lockdown

The Regent Cinema on Church Street in Blackpool
The Regent Cinema on Church Street in Blackpool (Image: Regent Cinema)

An independent cinema in Blackpool has managed to survive the coronavirus pandemic and is set to re-open its doors for its 100th year.

The Regent Cinema, located in the heart of the town centre on Church Street, first opened in 1921 and boasted 1092 seats and a retractable roof.

It was a popular cinema for decades before being used as a bingo hall in 1969.

In 2016 however the building was reclaimed and re-stored to become an independent cinema once again.

During one of its toughest times and longest spells closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the picture house has received a re-vamp including a new stage, new screen and some new dressings.

Renovation work carried out in 2016 when the building was reclaimed as an independent cinema
Renovation work carried out in 2016 when the building was reclaimed as an independent cinema (Image: The Regent Cinema)

Owner Richard Taylor told Lancs Live: “The pandemic has been tough and we don’t want to go through that again but we’ve come out the other side.

“All our staff are returning and we’ve been working hard on some refurbishments including a new stage that can be hired out, a brand new screen and some nice smaller furnishings like brand new curtains.”

The cinema wasn’t able to celebrate its 100th anniversary back in January due to being closed however in the summer, if the UK roadmap out of lockdown goes well, there will be a special occasion to mark the event.

The Regent’s antique’s centre was able to re-open however on Monday April 12 and on May 21 there will be a showing of the classic Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction, the first film screened when it was first re-claimed as an independent cinema.

Inside the Regent Cinema in Blackpool
Inside the Regent Cinema in Blackpool (Image: Regent Cinema, Blackpool)

Richard added: “It was a shame that we couldn’t celebrate the 100th anniversary properly however the stage will really mark a hundred years and if all goes well we can celebrate officially in the summer.

“We just want to welcome people back for now and let them know that though we have made some changes the character of the cinema still remains!”

To find out more about the re-opening of the Regent Cinema, please visit here.