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History of the Regent Theatre: 1975

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The Towering Inferno

The Theatre closed on Thursday June 19th, 1975, with The Dove, which took $90.00 and reopened the next day as the New Regent Luxury Cinema with The Towering Inferno to takings of $272. 80. The Theatre ran to capacity for the whole week and attained a total of 2,217 admissions.

By this stage, the Empire Theatre was feeling the competition from the Regent, but was still being supplied with top movies from C.I.C (Cinema International Corp) which had Universal and Paramount pictures and Twentieth Century Fox which had Fox and MGM pictures, although the Regent got the MGM product. However, by November of that year it was to close forever as a movie house. Strangely enough, our business was to drop off after they closed until February when Jaws opened.

It had been an extremely long and difficult two years to turn the business around and finally have an attractive theatre with very acceptable facilities.

Now began the enormous task of building up a reputation that would stand in good stead for future times. I believe it took some seventeen years to achieve that.

By this time the karate films were dropping right off and disaster films were becoming very popular with films like Juggernaut and Earthquake.

At the end of 1975, car chase films were to take a lot of money for us, starting with White Line Fever. As long as they had some exciting sequences they brought in the crowds, especially on weekend evening sessions and could be repeated as part of a double feature programme at a later date. When the Empire theatre closed, we were able to get some of the films that had already played there and double them up at a good film hire. The Poseidon Adventure and My Name Is Nobody had 448 in four nights, Airport and American Graffiti had 517 in three nights, turning people away on the Sunday.

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