History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

The Regal Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3124 / 52°18'44"N

Longitude: -2.5946 / 2°35'40"W

OS Eastings: 359563

OS Northings: 268423

OS Grid: SO595684

Mapcode National: GBR BQ.WKXT

Mapcode Global: VH84K.Z47M

Entry Name: The Regal Cinema

Listing Date: 5 October 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385092

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485553

Location: Tenbury, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, WR15

County: Worcestershire

District: Malvern Hills

Civil Parish: Tenbury

Built-Up Area: Tenbury Wells

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Tenbury Wells

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

Find accommodation in
Tenbury

Listing Text

TENBURY

SO5968 TEME STREET
1424/8/10004 Tenbury Wells
05-OCT-00 (West side)
47-49
The Regal Cinema

GV II

Cinema. 1937 by Ernest S Roberts for Clifton Cinemas. Brick, with rendered facade; roof not seen behind high parapet. Rectangular plan of cinema auditorium set behind three-storey facade, containing a shop either side of the central cinema entrance.

The frontage is deliberately low key, in keeping with the historic town. Rendered frontage with unmoulded pilasters, frieze and cornice; the continuation of the pilasters is implied in the undulating rhythm of the parapet. Three bays, the upper floors with casement windows in a tripartite pattern with horizontal panes. The original canopy has been removed, but in the centre of the ground floor steps with a central rail lead through original timber double doors into the foyer. On either side are glazed shopfronts, each with a setback door; that to no. 47 surviving with little alteration.

Interior. Foyer retains terrazzo floor, coved cornice, timber doors and art deco paybox in green, brass and glass. Original bill boards. Auditorium has single, stadium raked floor, high flat ceiling with coved cornice and central lay light, and its side and back walls are decorated save to the ante proscenium with Mediterranean scenes by George Legge, also of 1937. The canopies over the projection portals are a particularly clever touch of trompe l'oeil. Square proscenium with grilles to either side. Further grilles in the side walls are incorporated into the mural design. Moderne style seating with streamlined ends. Short hanging wall lights partially concealed by added later strip lights. Murals were once quite common in cinemas, but this is the most complete set known to survive in any auditorium.

Ernest Roberts of Birmingham was a specialist cinema architect, with a particular skill in designing appropriately scaled cinemas for small market towns. This is a very rare survival, made particularly interesting because of its excellent contemporary murals.


Listing NGR: SO5956368423

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.