5th Dec, 2016

Cinema projects its vision of the future

Rob George 15th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A HISTORIC Evesham landmark has unveiled plans for two new cinema screens and a panoramic bar to celebrate its fourth anniversary since it re-opened.

The owners of the Regal have already secured planning and listed building consent for their bold new offering which will be accessible directly by lift from Port Street.

And although the majority of the £600,000 investment is already in place, the iconic venue has unveiled a packed weekend of events which they hope will raise the £50,000 shortfall to enable their vision to become a reality.

Celebrations commence next Friday (January 22) with a weekend which showcases three of the cinema’s most successful films to date.

Les Misérables will be shown on the silver screen from 8pm that evening while The Artist will have pride of place on Sunday (January 24) from 7.30pm.

The record-breaking Bond film, SPECTRE, will be shown on Saturday evening, again from 8pm.

Ian Wiper, owner of The Regal Cinema, told The Observer: “The support we have received from members of the local community since we began the refurbishment of The Regal has been phenomenal and we are delighted that the cinema is such a success in the town.”

“We now need to ensure the cinema’s future sustainability by building the fourth floor with two additional smaller screens.

“With a little more fund-raising we are confident that we can make this happen and we really hope that our supporters will join us for our fourth anniversary fundraising celebrations.”

Laurence Wiper, who oversaw the restoration, said; “In 2009, in the middle of winter with no roof and no heating, 500 people joined us and Alistair McGowan to fundraise to re-open The Regal Cinema after years of dereliction.

“Some said it would never happen, but thanks to the people of Evesham and the surrounding villages, we finally made it.

“We had no choice but to open as a single screen, but now we have a chance to complete the job by adding two extra screens.

“Our decision to make this significant investment is in response to customer feedback about how much they appreciate the variety of blockbuster, art house, family films, satellite theatre screenings and live events,” he added.

Doors will open for drinks one hour before the film on each evening to allow time for customers to view the architectural plans and an archive exhibition in the Circle Bar.

A brief presentation will also take place before the film.

During the weekend, there will be an auction of film memorabilia and some fantastic lots.

Tickets are priced at £20 per person and all profits will go towards the fund-raising effort.

Tickets are available to purchase now at www.theregal.ac or by calling 01386 421007.