Attack Of The Giant Leeches

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Back in February, we mentioned that Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass had a feature on the Regal Cinema.

One of our readers, Stephen Pickard, has just left a comment that’s worth repeating as an item in itself:


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.
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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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9 Comments

  1. admin (Post author)

    It reminds me that in the 1970s, after the cinema had been demolished, the Liberal Party in Rayleigh ran a Saturday morning childrens cinema in Crocs (which is now the Pink Toothbrush).

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  2. The Mighty Oz

    Great story, but please don’t talk about the Singing Ringing Tree ( on TV early sixties ) I’m still hiding behind the sofa……..

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  3. Christine Paine

    Oz, I remember that – the fish scared me rigid. In fact the whole thing, looking back, was the Brothers Grimm on steroids. I can’t believe anyone at the BBC actually watched it before approving it for kids TV.

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  4. The Mighty Oz

    Christine, if you fancy reliving those very scary childhood memories then you can still get it on DVD, I did buy it and it is still weird / scary even now….

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Singing-Ringing-Tree-DVD/dp/B000I0QSV2

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  5. Christine Paine

    If it’s still weird and scary then I think I’ll give that one a pass thanks Oz.

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  6. bruce smart

    Sadly I thought giant leeches referred to certain large companies that make large profits in Britain but pay little or no tax.

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  7. Chris Black

    You mean like Nando’s?

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/10/nandos-using-secretive-tax-haven-trust-avoid-inheritance-tax-bills

    “The restaurant group – ultimately owned by Dick Enthoven, a South African tycoon – also uses a battery of offshore techniques, including companies in Malta, Guernsey and the Netherlands, to legally reduce its UK corporation tax bill by up to a third.”

    Might be worth doing something on onlinefocus sometime about how much the big companies in our town centres pay in tax…

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  8. The Mighty Oz

    Also would be interesting to see if any small businesses do work for ” cash in hand”. Now is that tax avoidence or evasion…..

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  9. bruce smart

    Never really understood the difference although there is one. Make your money in G.B then pay the tax. Wonder if Mr Connery will rush back to Scotland if it is independent. I doubt it as the plans Alex Salmond has will have to be paid for from their own coffers.

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