Tyne and Wear HER(12871): Fenham, Two Ball Lonnen, Regal Cinema - Details
Title of image: Regal Cinema, Two Ball Lonnen, Fenham
Description: A 1935 photograph of the Regal Cinema, Two Ball Lonnen, Fenham. The view is of the front of the Regal which is showing Lorna Doone starring Victoria Hopper and John Loder. This photograph was taken on either the 29th, 30th or 31st of August 1935. The metalwork in the cinema was made by Heber Tower Ironworks.
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Theatres Collection
Accession number: NCL 054122
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Fenham, Two Ball Lonnen, Regal Cinema
Opened 8 November 1933. Designed by architect J.H. Morton for Stanley Rogers. 818 seats in the stalls and 408 in the circle. There was a stage and orchestra pit. Described in Ideal Kinema and Studio (9 November 1933) as "an attractive hall… built of smooth-faced brick…. [with] four large orange-coloured windows illuminated by lights in the circle foyer…". The interior décor was shaded from red to pale blue. There were four decorative ventilation grilles. The projection room was above the foyer. The Regal was opened by the Lord Mayor. It was owned by Suburtan Cinemas (Newcastle) Ltd. The Regal closed on 30 April 1960. In 1963 it reopened as a Moores' supermarket. In 1991 it was unoccupied.
Frank Manders, 1991, Cinemas of Newcastle, pages 145-146; Frank Manders, 2005, Cinemas of Newcastle, pages 80, 114, 150, 161