A MAJOR rebuild of Redcar’s seaside Regent Cinema is on time, with early summer proposed as a potential opening date.
The £ 9.6million project, funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, saw the demolition of the former picture house, deemed unsafe due to deteriorating structure and closed in 2018.
Its replacement is a three-story art deco-style cinema building, which has been under construction for several months, which will include a licensed bar with spectacular sea views and event space for public use.
Construction work is expected to be completed in March next year.
Advisors from Redcar and Cleveland visited the construction site last week and oversaw the building’s rapid transformation, with floor-to-ceiling bay windows surrounding the new coffee bar area being installed.
The café will accommodate 46 people in its main seating area, with another 17 covered on the balcony, which will be protected by a wide awning and high glass balustrades.
There will be three screens, accommodating 200 people, and while the cinema will feature major film releases, it should also cater for those who want to see more diverse independent films.
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New screens will be installed next year and will include state-of-the-art 4k projectors.
Upstairs, screen three will accommodate 55 people while screen two, downstairs, will provide a more “cinematic experience”. The largest screen in the room will also be located on the ground floor, with 95 seats.
An art deco theme inside the cinema will recall the legacy of the Regent while screen-printed posters of the acts that once graced the stage at the Redcar Pavilion, as well as posters of the old train station and some of the styled art. graffiti will be on display.
The building will also feature a completely new bar design, a grand staircase in the main foyer with its brass balustrades and the sloping golden canopy with downlights, which is to be installed at the entrance.
Speaking after visiting the site, Economic Growth Advisor Chris Gallacher said: “This will undoubtedly be a very special place that Redcar can be proud of, and the best view from a cinema in Grande. -Brittany.
“There aren’t many places you can sit and enjoy something to eat and drink with a panoramic view like this, before you see a good movie as well.
“It will give a lot more people a reason to come to town, who might not have otherwise.”
One hundred tons of steel went into the structure of the new building, 82% of which would have been produced in the borough.
Seven hundred people previously responded to a cinema council consultation with 72% saying they approved the plans and redesign.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s fantastic to see how the Regent Cinema progresses and it will certainly be an impressive and modern venue that also respects the much-loved old cinema.
“This project is just one example of how our funding is helping to improve our downtowns and communities across the region and I’m sure it will draw crowds once it opens, helping to bring more people to Redcar and, in turn, support our brilliant local businesses.
The Regent development is part of a Redcar regeneration project that includes the transformation of Coatham into a leisure destination and the redevelopment of Redcar station with funding from local authorities.