THE REGAL CINEMA IS UP FOR SALE
As you probably all know the Regal Cinema in Evesham is a 1930's art deco style cinema designed by the noted cinema architect Hurley Robinson.
Nearly 70 years later the Regal is still a working cinema. It is still a single screen, 500+ seater. Underneath the dust and layers of paint, most of the original features of Hurley Robinson's sumptuous picture palace are still intact; the stalls and the circle, the ornate Deco style plaster work, the grand staircase - even the original wall clocks are still there!
When the building came on the open market in the Autumn of 2000, it soon became clear that the most likely outcome of any sale would be the re-development of the building as offices or flats. Popular opinion in the town was deeply offended at the idea of the loss of the Regal. At one of the largest public meetings seen in the town in many years the Evesham Regal Trust was founded in an attempt to save the cinema.
The first short term aim of the trust had to be the prevention of any further damage to the building. The trust approached the Department of the Environment, who were so impressed by the building and it's architectural importance that they have swiftly moved to protect it, and on 14th Nov 2000 the building was granted Grade II listed status, and thereby protecting it from any destructive re-development.
WHAT IS THE EVESHAM REGAL TRUST?
The Evesham Regal Trust is a registered charity (charitable status applied for), dedicated to preserving The Regal as an operating cinema, and to protect both the architectural and integrity of the building.
The aims of the trust, as stated in our constitution are as follows:
# to secure the future of the Evesham Regal Cinema building;
# to ensure that it stays as a working cinema, for the people of the Vale;
# to develop additional use of the building to ensure that it becomes self-financing
# to develop the building as a local and regional centre for the appreciation and study of the cinema, and recorded media in general.
The Trust is working with the Town Council and with Wychavon District Council on funding for the purchase of the cinema and are also applying to the Lottery and other grant organisations.
BUT WE ALSO NEED THE HELP OF INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES, TO HELP US SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE REGAL.
The two public meetings that we have held in the Town Hall have been very well attended, which shows just how the people of Evesham feel about the Regal. Kept as a single large screen cinema, and with all of the improvements that are required will make watching a film a wonderful experience.
We are looking for groups, singers, entertainers etc who can help us with fundraising events. We already have the promise of concerts by The Bretforton Brass Band, Fascinating Rythyms and the Billy Davis Band. Please let me know if you are able to help; or know somebody who would be able to help. We will need to raise matched funding to run alongside any potential grants.
Please contact me below and I can send you our proposals in greater details.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Martin Hammon, Chairman.
The Evesham Regal Trust.
21 Elm Rd.,
Evesham. WR11 5DJ.
Tel (home): 01386.45845.
Tel (work): 01386.423042
P.S SEPT 16th. We have been trying very hard to get the support of the Wychavon District Council, and also to meet with Mr Angel, the Regals' current owner. However we have been given the 'bum's rush' from both.
We cannot proceed unless we have financial support from the Council, so we are forced, in the short term at least, to sit on our hands and wait.
Many thanks for the support from everyone, but we can only go on beating our heads against a brick wall for so long.
It will be very sad if it ceases to be a cinema, but we have done all that we can