Jul 7, 2017
A beautiful Art Deco cinema in our small town of Fordingbridge has been fantastically restored and re-opened to the community, with the help of Corintech.
Corintech's owner and chairman, Brian Currie, purchased the site in 2016, wanting to benefit the community by giving something back. The building has been fully restored and transformed into a 30 seater cinema with an elegant bar area. The Regal Cinema will be run by the Fordingbridge Regal Cinema Club, and will be a not-for-profit community organisation. Memberships can be obtained via the Regal Cinema website where tickets for screenings can then be purchased.
The original cinema opened in 1933 and ran until 1965, when it ran as a Branksome China pottery business until 2012. The site was vacant for 4 years until Brian had the innovative idea of restoring the cinema in 2016. The project cost around £1.5m and included building accommodation for employees of Corintech within the building, aimed at helping to recruit new younger engineers to the company.
Friday 30th June held the Regal Cinema's first showing, Casablanca, followed by the grand unveiling of the cinema to the community on Saturday 1st July.
The mayor of Fordingbridge, Malcolm Connolly, said:
“We would just like to thank Brian Currie and his team at the Regal Cinema for taking on such a bold venture and wish them every success. It is something that should be supported.”