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February 3rd, 2013 |

.Rayleigh’s Lost Cinema

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

 

Bellingham Lane
Bellingham Lane




Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has a feature this month on Bellingham Lane – including a reminder of the old Regal Cinema.

8 Responses to “.Rayleigh’s Lost Cinema”

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    Ian Jordan:

    I remember going to the Regal cinema on a Saturday morning, when it was demolished we were told it would be rebuilt above some new shops. Instead the site was empty for a number of years, then the old peoples home was built “Homeregal”

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    Chris Black:

    Yes, I can remember seeing the Sound of Music in 1970 there.

    And yes, you are right – when the old cinema was knocked down the council gave permission for a new development incorporating a smaller cinema. But the planning permission was never implemented and we ended up with Homeregal House instead.

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    Rita:

    The pictures show a very pretty Rayleigh and not that long ago it would seem.

  4. 4
    Nigel Thain:

    God, thats so sad.
    I remember going to the regal around 1969-71, we used to watch the film, then when it finished, we’d hide behind the heavy velvet curtains which I think were at the end of the corridor.
    When the next showing started, we’d go back in and watch it all over again.
    Loved saturday morning cinema.. great memories and so sad that its all gone.

  5. 5
    The Mighty Oz:

    Folks,
    Your correct, nostalgia not’s what it used to be…..

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    Stephen Pickard:

    I have very fond memories of the Regal Cinema. When I was 11, our family moved to Eastwood in January,1959. Sometime in ’60’61, when I was able to travel on my own, I started taking the bus to Rayleigh high street on Saturday mornings to the Regal cinema and recall being transfixed by the ‘Batman’ serial they showed at the time.
    On Sundays they used to show double bills of ‘X’ films of ’50’s horror and science fiction which I was eager to see but at the time there was a restriction to everyone under the age of 16 being admitted, whether or not you were with an adult.
    It seemed that it was a big challenge to kids like me, that were only 13/14 was to challenge the law to try to see an ‘X’ film under age.
    So, I sacrificed the ‘Saturday morning pictures’ and decided from now on I would be an adult! I approached the pay-desk, (my heart was beating twice as fast!) I recall very clearly the lady selling the tickets, she was either Scottish or an accent from further north. When I asked for a ticket, she would reply in very concerned voice “Are you sixteen?”. On saying yes, up popped the ticket of which I grabbed and quickly ventured into the darkness of the cinema before the manager saw me.
    I recall what the manager looked like. He was in his 50’s or 60’s with grey hair and mustache, always dressed in a suit and shirt and tie.
    I felt a little guilty about going in under age, but I will be forever grateful to the Regal for those special memories.
    I remember that the first ‘X’ films I saw, for those interested, were “Cage of Doom” (“Terror from the Year 5000″) “Demons of the Swamp” (“Attack of the Giant Leeches”) and “The Fantastic Disappearing Man” (“Return of Dracula”). I still have these movies in my collection and whenever I watch them I always fondly remember where I first saw them. Regal Cinema RIP.

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    admin:

    Thank you for the memories, Stephen !

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    richard lambourne:

    Memories.I remember seeing various films but particularily the “Man from Uncle” and then on the way home being napolean Solo and confronting and dispatching Thrush agents along the Hockley Road on the way home

    happy days

    never to be replaced, although we do holiday in Aldeburgh and the local cinema (and nearby leiston) are single screen single showing old style cinemas like the good old Regal

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