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The Regal offers up glimpse of past
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TENBURY’S past was uncovered when the Regal underwent its major refurbishment last year.
This included wooden beams thought to date back to the 15th century, which were once a large medieval house.
Sarah Fellows, heritage access officer at the Regal said the beams have now been covered up again, but other more recent items, such as cigarette packets and cards belonging to men who built the Regal in the 1930s, can now be seen as part of a special exhibit in the venue.
An original cellar dating back to the Edwardian era was also uncovered.
Some of the other discoveries include wallpaper and plaster work dating back from the Victorian age.
“Unfortunately, the wallpaper was in a very fragile condition but some of the plasterwork has been recovered,” added Sarah Fellows.
It is known that the site of the present cinema was for a long time two town houses and also for a period shops.
Guided tours of The Regal are the latest addition to the town’s tourist attractions.
But the trust that runs the building also hopes locals will take a look at the historic finds as well.
At 76 years of age, the Regal Cinema is one of just a few surviving Art Deco cinemas in the midlands and boasts a singularly unique auditorium with a fully restored mural decoration.
Many of the original art deco features have been fully restored, including cylinder lights and atmospheric alcove lighting that both date back to the 1930's, as well as terrazzo and parquet flooring.
The auditorium features original George Le gge murals on three walls, which have been restored in fine detail, by mural artist Richard P Gill.
The original pay box, complete with curved glass and brass striping, adorns the foyer wall and original wooden poster frames are still used.
All visitors are welcome to drop in and explore the auditorium and in-house museum for free.
Further information about the history and restoration of the Regal Cinema can be viewed at www.regaltenbury.org.uk.