The Regal Theatre Reviews
A wonderful and original art devo movie theatre that is now owned with loving care by the local council. Watching a movie here is a wonderful experience. Thankyou Burnside Council for protecting this ... more »
I'm very lucky to live not far away from the old Chelsea, now Regal Cinema. I love the old style picture palace feel - not claustrophobic like some of the new tiny cinemas. I also prefer seats without... more »
Great place to see a movie. Good sized screen. Authentic retro feel. Like most older theaters, there's not much slope in the floor so don't sit behind someone tall.
Beautiful old art deco cinema with history. Opened as Princess Theatre in 1925, then remodelled art deco in 1940 as the Ozone. Bought by Hoyts Theatres in 1952. Sold to Burnside Council in 1965 and operated from 1972 as The Chelsea by Wallis Theatres. Attempts to add screens to make cinema more viable as a small multiplex, failed. After a controversial attempt to sell, the Council inexplicably took the cinema back from Wallis and leased it to Republic Pictures, who renamed it The Regal. In 2018 the Council took it back from Republic and is now operating it as a council facility. My experience is of extremely small audiences, which does not bode well for the cinema's future unless sold to a genuine cinema chain operator who can add screens, as single cinemas are not viable in the 21st century, even at the very competitive ticket prices charged by council. Council also runs special live events, including popular and classical orchestracl concerts, as did Republic and Wallis. Council have done a good job in lifting the quality of the cinema, which was neglected by the previous the. Excellent refurbished toilets. Very clean cinema.
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