The Regent Centre
Message from The Regent Centre:
For the past two years, we have been planning towards the biggest single refurbishment our auditorium our auditorium has seen since we opened. This has been financed mainly through the restoration levy fund included in each ticket purchase in the last 2 years. The auditorium desperately needs some attention and action needs to be taken in order to ensure its longevity as the physical heart of our building. We did not feel able to delay this work for another year as it would both compromise our service levels when we are able to re-open and a delay force us to close again next summer to complete the work. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that our refurbishment is about to begin. All work is being carried out by a team of specialist contractors, with all the current health and safety circumstances planned for. The building will be much improved, and we will have a cultural asset that the community can continue to cherish for years to come.
In line with the messaging you will have received from other venues, we also do not know when we will be able to open. It is likely we will be able to put events onto our big screen before we can host live events on stage again. This planning is reflected in our current schedule of events both online and behind the scenes and we will contact ticket holders if our plans change. However, until there is a clear directive nationally in legislation, we will continue to wait for further news along with our colleagues in theatres across the UK.
Alongside this, we will reflect on how we can best deliver services to our customers based on the changes we may need to make and how our organisation can come through this time more diverse and agile. We’re already well progressed along this path, for example hiring medical grade cleaners as new partners going forwards. But we don’t want a trip to the Regent Centre to feel like a visit to the doctors surgery so we will only open when we know we can deliver an authentic, warm and safe theatre and cinema going experience to you.
The Regent Centre is situated in the middle of Christchurch High Street and is the cinema, theatre, concert hall, art gallery and entertainment centre serving Christchurch, East Dorset and the New Forest.
The Regent opened on Boxing Day 1931 as the town’s cinema, a role it retained until July 1973, when it was closed and then re-opened as the Mecca Social and Bingo Club. The final cry of ‘house’ was sounded in February 1982.
The need for an arts centre in Christchurch had already been well established in the town and in November 1982, Christchurch Borough Council purchased the Regent. A unique relationship was formed between the local authority and a group of over 100 enthusiastic volunteers. Together, they lovingly restored the Regent to all its early Art Deco glory. The Regent Centre in its present form was finally opened on June 11th 1983 by the actress Dora Bryan.
Today, the Regent Centre is one of the finest examples of an early 1930s cinema to survive in Britain. Its 480 seats are regularly filled for events as diverse as the latest film releases to professional touring theatre, jazz, big band, ballet, opera and celebrity star shows. The Regent is also the home venue for many local amateur companies, who regularly stage productions at the Centre.
The Regent maintains a rolling programme of development and improvements and on 28th March 2000, a new Studio Theatre was opened, at the rear of the building, jointly funded by the Regent Centre Association and the Council as the Borough’s main Millennium project.
During the latter part of 2006, funding was provided by Christchurch Borough Council for a major refurbishment of the Centre. This included the introduction of new seats, air conditioning, disabled lifts and loos and the Modernist re-design of the Foyer.
In February 2007 the final stage of the major refurbishment began with the re-introduction of a canopy over the front doors for the first time since 1967. Two new convex poster boards on the two supporting pillars at either side of the canopy combined with 1930s neon style signage, have tastefully re-created the early Art Deco heritage of the Regent.
Since 2008 the Regent has been able to use new technology to bring in satellite broadcasts of major artistic events from around the world to the Centre’s big screen. Today, the Regent Centre remains the heart of entertainment in Christchurch.
- BBC One Show
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|Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2022)|
* Closing time depends on the finish time of events.
Monday – Saturday 10am until show ends.
Sunday: Closed AM and open 1 hour before the performances only.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good41
- Richshort70Alresford, United KingdomGreat live music venueSunday, 16th February 2020I have seen a few live music concerts here now. It has fantastic acoustics and seating. The staff and facilities are lovely. Read full review
- MrsSMBourneChristchurch, United KingdomTo see The Gang ShowThursday, 5th March 2020For an amateur Show it was excellent , I have been to their show before and they always have a good show. I go to the Regent Centre from time to time and I always think for a small venue it is very... Read full review
- colinhunt13Milton Keynes, United KingdomVisit to the Regent CentreThursday, 19th March 2020First class cinema and live show venue. Therese's not many places like this around now ,so well worth a visit. The building dates back to the30's I believe, so no multiple cinema screens and one... Read full review