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Regent, Sunderland
Cinema Address:
92 Ryhope Road, Grangetown, Sunderland, SR2 9QE
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1936-1961
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
Designed by J.H. Morton & Son. Single level art deco design
Other Info:
It opened on 31st May 1937 with Jeanette MacDonald in “Rose Marie”. Regarded as the best suburban cinema in Sunderland in its time.
Fate of the Cinema:
Closed on 3rd June 1961 with Howard Keel in “The Big Fisherman”. The building was demolished and a Kwik-Save supermarket was built on the site. It is now a Global Fitness gymnasium (2013).
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
1936 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 185870 11 634
1937 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 200000 19 WE 15 659
1938 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd. 200000 1110 19 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 644
1939 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1200 18 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 580
1940 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1200 19 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 547-8
1941 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1200 20 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 545-6
1942 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1200 19 Continuous 6d - 1s WE 518
1943 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1200 18 Continuous 6d - 1s 6d WE 525
1944 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 200000 1120 19 Continuous 9d - 1s WE 485
1945 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1200 19 Continuous 9d - 1s WE 532
1946 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 17 Continuous 9d - 1s WE 368-9
1947 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 19 Continuous 9d - 1s WE 382
1948 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 17 Continuous 10d - 1s9d WE 396
1949 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 15 Continuous 10d - 1s9d WE 401
1950 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 15 Continuous 1s - 1s10d WE 391
1951 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 15 Continuous WE 374
1952 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 15 Continuous WE 373
1953 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 14 Continuous WE 370
1954 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180000 1120 14 Continuous WE 351
1955 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 180600 1120 14 Continuous CinemaScope WE 344
1956 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 181524 1120 13 Continuous CinemaScope WE 343
1957
1958-59 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 181524 1120 13 Continuous CinemaScope Phillips 340
1960 Regent (Sunderland) Ltd. 181524 1120 10 Continuous CinemaScope Phillips 354
1961 closed
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