Red Carpet Rolls Out At The Regal Theatre

BBC film critic James King (centre) officially opened the Regal Theatre with Stowmarket Town Mayor Cllr Keith Scarff (left) and Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for economic growth Cllr Gerard Brewster (right). Picture: MSDC/ Credit: Gregg Brown

The first VIP guests have been welcomed to the Regal Theatre to mark its official opening following an extensive renovation and expansion. 

Councillors from Mid Suffolk District Council and Stowmarket Town Council gathered for the first time for a tour of the brand-new café and bar area, welcoming front of house as well as the three new auditoria with plush seating and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

Significant work was undertaken to restore and preserve many of the original features of the existing building built in 1936.In addition, an improved entrance, new toilet facilities and car park including EV charging points from the £3.6m investment will all enhance the visitor experience. 

The doors will formally open to the public on Friday 28 May and online tickets sales have been going well as eager residents look forward to returning to enjoy the big screen cinema experience. The first films will include Peter Rabbit 2, Kong Vs. Godzilla, Nomadland and Cruella.

The Regal Theatre will employ over 20 people in both full and part time roles including a customer experience manager and commercial manager as well as in front of house and the café and bar.

The new look theatre will also provide a valuable asset for community groups including the Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society and the Stowmarket Local History Group and for businesses looking for a unique space for conferences and events as well as attracting an audience from the wider mid Suffolk area. 

The investment in the Regal Theatre is part of the wider vision for Stowmarket, which aims to improve and increase leisure provision for the community and attract more visitors to enjoy the town’s shopping and attractions as well as the bars and restaurants that Stowmarket has to offer.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for economic growth said:

“The regeneration of the Regal Theatre has been a flagship project and it is wonderful to see how it has been transformed. With the increased number of auditoria, new theatre facilities and a stylish café and bar, it will provide a benefit to the community and town for many years to come.”

Cllr Keith Scarff, Stowmarket Town Mayor said: 

“The Regal Theatre is such a landmark for Stowmarket and I know many residents are eagerly looking forward to having a glimpse of all the renovations. With cinemas being closed across the country because of covid, I’m sure for many people, their first visit to the Regal will be particularly special.”

David Marsh, theatre manager commented;

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome our first official guests to the Regal Theatre and I hope all our visitors will be impressed with the new look theatre, the beautifully renovated features and the introduction of the latest technology that will enhance the cinema experience.”

The Regal Theatre redevelopment is being project managed by Northmores, with Needham Market based Mixbrow Construction delivering all building and refurbishment work. 

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