The new look Regal Theatre, in Stowmarket, is starting to take shape with the construction of two additional auditoria and a new café area in recent months.
The Regal is benefiting from a £3.6 million investment including a comprehensive expansion and refurbishment programme which will see it boast three modern cinema screens, improved audio-visual experience, as well as a new front of house, café and bar area.
Works are also being undertaken to restore and preserve many of the original features of the existing building built in 1936.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the project managers, Northmores, and the main contractor Mixbrow, have maintained progress on site with a significant proportion of the structures, electrics and utilities having now been installed. The final elements of the project including new seating, cinema screens and interior design features are due to be completed early in 2021.
The Regal Theatre Project, being led by Stowmarket Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council, will be a key attraction forming part of a wider vision for the development of Stowmarket. The project and the wider vision seeks to attract more visitors to Stowmarket who can enjoy the shopping, leisure activities, bars and restaurants on offer in the town.
Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth, said: “It is great to see the developments at the Regal, especially given the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. Once completed, the Regal Theatre will be a fantastic asset for the residents in Stowmarket, as well as attracting visitors to enjoy both the day and night-time economies that that town has to offer.”
Keith Scarff, Stowmarket Town Mayor, said: “This is a flagship project for Stowmarket and I am absolutely delighted with the progress that has been made in 2020. The Regal is a much-loved local amenity and I know many local residents are looking forward to its re-opening in the first half of 2021.”
Over Christmas, the Regal on the Road at the John Peel Centre, will be showing a range of festive family films. More information can be found on the Regal Stowmarket Facebook page.
Pictured above is an artist’s impression of the redeveloped Regal Theatre.