The Regent Centre
Tel. 01202 499199
Postcode BH23 1AS
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, showing The Taming of the Shrew with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The Regent retained this important role in the life of the Community for over forty years until July 1973, when it was closed as a cinema 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.
In April 2012, Digital Cinema was introduced to the Regent Centre to replace the existing 35mm film projector. This has brought this 80 year old cinema right up to date with the cutting edge of technological advances in the film industry in the 21st Century. Digital Cinema has also meant that the Regent has been able to add to its existing programme of satellite broadcasts to the big screen, with The Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet now making their debut at the Centre from August 2012.
Regent embraces new technology and social networks. Patrons can follow developments at the Centre on Facebook www.facebook.com/regentcentre Twitter Follow@regentcentre and on the web at www.regentcentre.co.uk however, the Box Office also remains open to personal callers from 10am daily and Box Office staff can be contacted on: 01202 499199.
The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset. BH23 1AS