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Regent, South Shields
Cinema Address:
54-62 Dean Road, South Shields, NE33 4DZ
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1935-1967
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
Neo-Classical style by architect John Cecil Clavering of architectural firm J.H. Morton & Son. Fully equipped stage, with fly tower.
Other Info:
The Regent Cinema was opened on 21st October 1935 with Leslie Howard in "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Described as ‘South Shields’ Super Luxury Cinema'.
Fate of the Cinema:
Closed in September 1966, and immediately was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club, which closed on 14th September 2014.
External Links/Sources:
Cinema Treasures
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
1935 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 113452 8 WE 577
1936 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 113452 7 WE All 630
1937 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 114000 7 WE All 654
1938 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 8 Continuous 4d - 1s 6d WE All 639
1939 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 8 Continuous 4d - 1s 6d WE All 575
1940 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 4d - 1s 6d WE All 524-3
1941 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 4d - 1s 6d WE All 540
1942 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 8 Continuous 4d - 1s 6d WE All 513
1943 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 520
1944 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 8 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 480
1945 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 526
1946 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 363
1947 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 9 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 376-7
1948 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1835 8 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 390
1949 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous 10d-2s 6d WE All 395
1950 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous 1s-2s10d WE All 384
1951 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous WE 368
1952 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous WE 367
1953 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous WE 364
1954 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 10 Continuous WE 346
1955 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 9 Continuous CinemaScope WE 338
1956 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 9 Continuous CinemaScope WE 337
1957
1958-59 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 8 Continuous CinemaScope WE 335
1960 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1835 5 Continuous CinemaScope WE 349
1961 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 5 WE 320
1962
1963 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 5 WE 311
1964
1965 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 2 WE 314
1966 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 2 WE 301
1967 Regent (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 2 WE 282
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