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The Regal in Stowmarket invites customers to step back in time at 1930s themed event



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A cinema is to transport audiences to the 1930s to celebrate the one year anniversary of its reopening after a revamp - with fancy dress, a classic limo and tickets sold at 5p admission.

The Regal in Stowmarket will be providing customers a chance to experience what it was like when the doors originally opened in 1937.

The event on Saturday, May 28 is from 10am to noon.

1937 Buick Limousine provided by Simon Cook. Picture: David Marsh
1937 Buick Limousine provided by Simon Cook. Picture: David Marsh

Vintage-style clothing is being provided by Masquerade Costume Hire and audiences will be encouraged to embrace their inner chic glamour.

A 1937 Buick Limousine will also be making an appearance at the cinema. Provided by resident Simon Cook, visitors will be given the chance to pose in front of the classic car and take pictures.

Simon said: “The Regal is a local facility that should be celebrated - I hope my contribution helps to put the cinema on the map and some smiles on faces.”

Customer Experience Manager, Billie King, next to the classic car. Picture: David Marsh
Customer Experience Manager, Billie King, next to the classic car. Picture: David Marsh

To celebrate the event, The Regal also sold tickets at 5p admission for two family films being screened in the morning. This was the average price of a cinema ticket in 1937.

To no surprise, 237 tickets were sold and these two screenings have completely sold out - but there are plenty of other films on show during the day to get involved with.

The cinema has seen a lot of developments recently following a £3.8 million refurbishment.

This expansion has taken The Regal from a one screen cinema to now having two more auditoriums and a brand new café bar.

Reading a copy of “Film Weekly”, an original copy published in 1937. Picture: David Marsh
Reading a copy of “Film Weekly”, an original copy published in 1937. Picture: David Marsh

Customer Experience Manager Billie King said: “Our recent refurbishment really highlights the original 1930 art deco style of The Regal.

“We’re proud of our history and we want to make sure we honour it - an event like this is an excellent way to engage the local community whilst celebrating some of Stowmarket’s history.”

The Regal are welcoming customers to take photos to celebrate the occasion. Picture: David Marsh.
The Regal are welcoming customers to take photos to celebrate the occasion. Picture: David Marsh.