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Ian Jordan
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Ian Jordan

I remember going to the Regal cinema on a Saturday morning, when it was demolished we were told it would be rebuilt above some new shops. Instead the site was empty for a number of years, then the old peoples home was built “Homeregal”

Chris Black
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Chris Black

Yes, I can remember seeing the Sound of Music in 1970 there.

And yes, you are right – when the old cinema was knocked down the council gave permission for a new development incorporating a smaller cinema. But the planning permission was never implemented and we ended up with Homeregal House instead.

Rita
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Rita

The pictures show a very pretty Rayleigh and not that long ago it would seem.

Nigel Thain
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Nigel Thain

God, thats so sad.
I remember going to the regal around 1969-71, we used to watch the film, then when it finished, we’d hide behind the heavy velvet curtains which I think were at the end of the corridor.
When the next showing started, we’d go back in and watch it all over again.
Loved saturday morning cinema.. great memories and so sad that its all gone.

The Mighty Oz
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The Mighty Oz

Folks,
Your correct, nostalgia not’s what it used to be…..

Stephen Pickard
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Stephen Pickard
I have very fond memories of the Regal Cinema. When I was 11, our family moved to Eastwood in January,1959. Sometime in ’60’61, when I was able to travel on my own, I started taking the bus to Rayleigh high street on Saturday mornings to the Regal cinema and recall being transfixed by the ‘Batman’ serial they showed at the time. On Sundays they used to show double bills of ‘X’ films of ’50’s horror and science fiction which I was eager to see but at the time there was a restriction to everyone under the age of 16 being… Read more »
Carl Beckwith
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Carl Beckwith

That manager was Ron Stewart, and he’s still very much with us and living in Hastings; returning to Southend to visit old friends every so often. He’s in his mid 80’s now, so you’ve aged him somewhat! You’re the guy who went on to work at the Odeon in Southend, then Elstree aren’t you?

Stephen Pickard
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Stephen Pickard

Yes Carl that is I.

richard lambourne
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richard lambourne

Memories.I remember seeing various films but particularily the “Man from Uncle” and then on the way home being napolean Solo and confronting and dispatching Thrush agents along the Hockley Road on the way home

happy days

never to be replaced, although we do holiday in Aldeburgh and the local cinema (and nearby leiston) are single screen single showing old style cinemas like the good old Regal

John Oakhurst
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John Oakhurst
Yes, just going down memory lane and wondering what happened to the cinemas where I live now. This took me to wondering what happened to the Regal in Rayleigh where I lived for many years starting in 1958. Reading Stephen Pickards letter reminded me that I also use to go to the X rated films when I was 14, not too much of a problem for me as at that age I was quite well built and easily passed for 16. Seem to remember the Regal manager went on to the Palace theatre at Westcliff and the elderly ice cream… Read more »
Carl Beckwith
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Carl Beckwith

Ron Stewart, the Regal’s longstanding manager, went on to the Classic Cinema in Westcliff-on-Sea after the Regal closed it’s doors in 1973, then he went on to a cinema in Hastings I believe in the mid-1980’s.

Linda Kendall
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Wouldn’t it be great if our youngsters had the opportunities to discover a bit of independence like we were able to do? I went to a local swimming pool with friends from the age of eight. My local little group did ‘penny for the guy’ at the entrance to the cinema with no fear of danger. The Saturday morning pictures became a rite of passage for youngsters. Who remembers the songs we all sang along to (I seem to recall ‘We are the ovaltiny happy boys and girls’ or did I imagine that), the weekly features, the usherette serving the… Read more »
The Mighty Oz
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The Mighty Oz

Linda at 10, who do you think is responsible for this current state ? Who is it that allows kids to stay in their room alone instead of interacting with the family ?

Linda Kendall
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Oz @ 10. Perhaps the changes in lifestyles that have created a society that requires virtually every parent to have to work in order to have a roof over their heads due to the cost of housing and living generally. Families haven’t gained, financial companies have. Many children hardly have a family life. I have written many times about this. When kids grow up with a lack of company sometimes a gang or an on-line contact is the only friend that is around. I can already hear the squeals that women deserve a choice and claims that child-minders are a… Read more »
The Mighty Oz
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The Mighty Oz

Linda @ 12 Could be people making a lifestyle choice by having kids when they clearly can’t afford them and then expect other taxpayers to subsidise them.

Linda Kendall
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Oz. if every young couple on basic salaries(not high wage earners) stopped having children now the only people procreating would be the wealthy and benefit people. It was a lifestyle choice for a parent to be at home at one time but not if you want to start a family now. Tell me how any young couple could get a mortgage for any of the houses being built now with one basic salary? The whole circus requiring two wage earners in families in order to survive has been a gigantic scam on the working people of this nation that benefits… Read more »
The Mighty Oz
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The Mighty Oz
Linda @ 14, I like the way you have nicely sidestepped the question…actually just like a lot of people who post on this site. Is it right to have kids if you can’t afford them and if you go ahead is it right to expect other people to subsidise your lifestyle choice. And for the record I too have lost out, always done the right thing ( and paid a mortgage at 15% interest ) worked hard to build my career, never claimed a penny in benefits only to see the return on my hard earned savings reduced to nothing.… Read more »
Jim Cripps
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Jim Cripps
Think it is a sliding scale Oz – my grandparents generation were probably the poorest but had maybe 6-10 siblings, my parents age group typically 3-4 siblings , my generation – I think it was 2.4 children per family. The average is probably less than that now ( due to economics ) except for immigrant birthrates who are actually now far outnumbering the indigenous birthrate. Economic migration I think THEY call it , I call it cheap labour for the “service industries” ( zero hour / minimum wage etc; ) having abandoned our manufacturing base during the Thatcher years –… Read more »
The Mighty Oz
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The Mighty Oz

Linda @ 14, still waiting…..

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