The Regal Cinema opened on North Road, Durham in March 1934. It later turned into the Essoldo, then changed to Classic Cinema which was purchased by Cannon Cinemas and worked utilizing the Cannon name until it’s conclusion in 1990.
Robins Cinemas revived the silver screen in 1991 and it kept on working until 2003 when the film was compelled to near to clear a path for another bar.
The film initially had one screen and 1,090 seats. Amid the 1970’s under Cannon proprietorship it was changed over to a twin screen silver screen, then when Robins assumed control over the upstairs screen was separated into two screens and the bigger first floor screen had a little 66 seat screen remove of it, making it a four screen multiplex. The screen one situated 316, the upstairs screens each situated 96 and the littlest screen situated 66. Robins did have arrangements to make a screen five utilizing the neglected third floor of the building yet as it would just seat around 50 individuals it was not monetarily practical.
A considerable lot of the silver screen’s Art Deco style elements stayed in place, large portions of them shrouded away in parts of the film which had been neglected from wayback. In an offer to “modernize” the silver screen in the 1970’s, a number of the beautiful elements were painted out to make them mix in as opposed to emerge, on close examination the vast majority of the subtle element was still obvious.
Taking after an extreme couple of years for Robins Cinemas Ltd., the chain went into receivership in 1997, end everything except three of it’s silver screens. Robins Bath, Camberley and Durham were purchased back by the organization’s proprietors as they demonstrated the most productive.
The organization likewise claims the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West End. Robins development flourished with the downfall of Cannon Cinemas purchasing up ex-Cannon structures the nation over. All Robins structures were ex-Cannon Cinemas. In 1998, arrangements were reported for another multiplex in Durham, so Robins took the choice not to take out a long haul lease. Nothing happened to the multiplex arranges however the building’s proprietor looked for another tenant, a Walkabout Australian Bar.
Taking after a court fight and quite a long while of instability, the silver screen was at last compelled to shut in January 2003 to clear a path for the new bar, losing all it’s memorable elements and stylistic layout. In mid 2010, it was fitted out to turn into an unrecorded music venue, with a seating limit for 800. It then turned into a Chinese eatery, which shut in 2014.