Stowmarket: Record-breaking year at growing cinema The Regal

Chris Hemsworth in Thor: The Dark World. PA Photo/Marvel.

Chris Hemsworth in Thor: The Dark World. PA Photo/Marvel. - Credit: PA

It’s been another record year for a small Suffolk theatre which has had almost 56,000 admissions during 2013.

Cinema manager David Marsh at the Regal Theatre, in Stowmarket

Cinema manager David Marsh at the Regal Theatre, in Stowmarket - Credit: Archant

The Regal Theatre, in Stowmarket, has enjoyed its busiest year on record seeing an increase of about two percent compared to 2012 for customer numbers.

Regal manager David Marsh said: “2013 has been a great year for the venue, with films like Les Miserables, Despicable Me 2 and Saving Mr Banks doing some really good business and on the live show side of things, it was lovely to have almost a whole week of sell out performances for Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society’s production of the Cinderella Pantomime”.

“We’re going to have to work even harder in 2014, so, on January 18 we’re launching ‘Pocket Money Movies’; we’ll be screening a family film every Saturday and Sunday morning, Children pay just £2.00, with an accompanying adult going free. We’re hoping it’ll be popular.”

Of the 55,952 total admissions in 2013, 46,325 came for cinema, 9,627 for live shows and talks.

Major proposals for the theatre were revealed in November - with plans to increase capacity and improve the building’s frontage.

The work is earmarked to start in 2015 and is expected to close the theatre for about two weeks. Doors could also close for matinee performances for a number of weeks as well.

In the next few weeks the Regal is showing The Railway Man and Mandela, and continues to show The Hobbit 2, Frozen & Saving Mr Banks.

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