Regent Cinema, 1930

This photo shows the Regent Cinema in Queen’s Road in July 1930. In order to promote the current showing of the movie Hell’s Angels, a Tiger Moth aeroplane has been suspended above the entrance.

Super cinema

When it opened in 1921, the Regent was promoted as Britain’s first ‘super-cinema’. It could seat 3000 people and also included a cafe and a restaurant with an orchestra.

It also provided another form of entertainment which didn’t require sitting down. Can you see what it was?

Answer

Dancing.

The popular Regent Dance Hall opened in 1923 and was situated in the roof of the building. You can see several signs promoting this near the entrance.

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