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Regent, Darlington
Cinema Address:
Cobden Street, Darlington
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1939-1960
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
J.H. Morton. Had a small narrow stage behind a 34 foot wide proscenium.
Other Info:
Opened by the Mayor with ceremony on 5th June 1939 with a showing of "Angels with Dirty Faces”, starring James Cagney.
First cinema in the town to have Western Electric four track Magnetic sound system.
Fate of the Cinema:
Closed in 1960. Demolished. Now the site of a care home
External Links/Sources:
Cinema Theatre Association
Location Accuracy: Accurate
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Information below is taken from The Kinematograph Yearbooks. The Page reference is from the following year’s edition, when information appeared. Additional information is in italics
Year Ownership Population Seating Capacity Other cinemas in town Manager Shows per day Changes Weekly Prices Variety/ Screen Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1939 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 6d - 1s 483
1940 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 451
1941 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 13 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 450
1942 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 432
1943 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 6d - 1s 6d WE 437
1944 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 10d-1s 9d WE 432
1945 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 10d-1s 9d WE 441
1946 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 10d-1s 9d WE 278
1947 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 10 Continuous 10d-1s 9d WE 292
1948 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 75000 1068 9 Continuous 10d-1s 9d Proscenium width 34ft WE 305
1949 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 84390 1068 7 Continuous 10d - 1s 6d Proscenium width 34ft WE 310
1950 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 84390 1068 7 Continuous 1s - 1s 10d Proscenium width 34ft WE 300
1951 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 84390 1068 7 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft WE 282
1952 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 7 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft WE 280
1953 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 7 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft WE 277
1954 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 7 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft WE 264
1955 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 7 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft WE 257
1956 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 5 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft, CinemaScope WE 257
1957
1958-59 Regent (Darlington) Ltd. 84390 1068 5 Continuous Proscenium width 34ft, CinemaScope WE 259
1960 closed
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