We're Not In Kansas Anymore...
We are very happy to announce that The Regal Cinema will open its doors to the public on Friday 15th March!
With our deadline swiftly approaching the pace has picked up here at The Regal. The auditorium has become populated with seats and the screen has been constructed. The walls are now covered in glorious purple and black deco-cord, an acoustically treated fabric that will bring out the best in our top of the range 7.1 surround sound system. The new 25ft screen is then framed by beautiful, fully functioning, crushed velvet curtains in a throwback to a golden age of cinema. In a matter of days our clutter of tools and debris has been turned into luxurious auditorium. Things are starting to appear finished.
Of course, anybody who has been in town in the past few days will no doubt have noticed our beautiful new sign. Lots of people have been stopping by to take photographs and to share their kind words; we hope the interior changes will earn us the same response.
We’re delighted with the content of our first programme; there are so many great films. We have some Oscar winners and indie films, along with an all-time classic and a great French film. The programme will be released to the public on Saturday 9th and bookings can be made from one o’clock that day. See the ‘How It Works’ page for more details on opening times and booking times.
Thanks to everybody who’s taken the time to read these blogs for the past few months, we look forward to seeing you when we open!
I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed...
The article in The Melton Times on Wednesday hinted at a few films that we will soon be showing and now we're happy to announce a few more here on the website - just check out our new 'Coming Soon' page. There will be many more films in our first monthly programme but you'll just have to wait a bit longer for that to be released - and of course our members will get it delivered a little early!
Other disabilities will be catered for in the best way that we can, we will have infrared headphones for those with hearing difficulties and audio description available for the visually impaired. Carers will also have free entry to the cinema.
We will also be making it as easy as possible for less able-bodied people to get up the stairs. The stairs will be well lit by LED lights at floor level and high contrast nosings, and the handrail will meet modern standards with good support to hold on to. We are a little way off but work has begun and will be finished very shortly...
Keep checking back here at www.regalcinemamelton.com as we will be explaining how the cinema will work on a day-to-day basis and announcing an official opening date very soon.
Thank you to all of our members and to the people of Melton Mowbray for your support and blind faith in us! We hope to make you proud of your local cinema once again. Not too long now...
Help Us Make The Regal Special!
If you are interested in joining us please write and tell us a little about yourself and include:
- Your favourite film and why.
- Your most memorable customer service experience, where it was and what made it so special.
- A little about you, what you enjoy and the things you do!
- Your availability - what days/evenings you can or cannot work.
Email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post to:
8 King Street
The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd February with interviews taking place the following week.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Fast And The Furious...
The new seats should be signed for this week - they are being made especially for us and we can't wait to see the final sample. We have also met with the sofa company and they have given us some great ideas which we think you will all love for both the sofas-for-two in the auditorium and the sofas in the foyer.
Speaking of the foyer, the new bar is in place and we are having the original windows repaired as they are beautiful but need some TLC to make them work properly - they were previously behind the box office but a little rearranging has really made them a focal point of the room. Once the windows are done we will be ready to paint, add the bar fittings and appliances and add the carpet - very exciting!
We've been on the BBC news a few times since the last blog and hopefully will be again when they follow up the with the opening. Like us on Facebook for short updates and info on when we will be featured on the BBC.
Finally, we will be recruiting soon - keep an eye out for news on this. We will be looking for a number of part time staff and will post here on the blog, Facebook and on Twitter when we are ready to receive applications.
Thanks and see you all soon!
Hi Ho! It's Off To Work We Go!
Elsewhere in the cinema - the current ladies loo (and future gents!) has been opened out to create a little more manoeuvring space whilst a vacant room above the foyer is now part way to becoming the new, spacious ladies loo and powder room.
We now have our ticket prices available for you - don't forget to deduct the £1.00 off that you will receive if you're a member, and be sure to use your free tickets on the luxuries!
Concession (Child/Student/Over 60) - £5.00
Standard Adult - £6.75
Luxury Seat - £8.00
Sofa-For-Two - £16.00
Please note that Concession prices will not apply to Luxury or Sofa seats but there will be no time restrictions so your discount will apply to all shows.
We'd like to finish by announcing that the cinema will be re-opening towards the end of March. See you there, and until then have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A Beautiful Friendship
Firstly, to our new members, thank you so much for joining us, it's great to know we have your support and we look forward to welcoming you through the doors for our opening preview screenings! Thank you to the Save Regal Melton group for turning out in their numbers on a dreary Friday night - it was good to meet you, answer your questions and get some of our own answered in return!
So, what have we been doing?
We're lucky enough to have a fantastic cinema architect and have spent a lot of time perfecting what the new auditorium and foyer spaces will look like. We've made our final decisions and we couldn't be happier! The contractors have all been out with their tape measures & notepads and soon they’ll be back with hammers and chisels!
There will be plenty of other surprises and revelations along the way but the bit we are most excited about has to be new facility to show live performances of Ballet, Opera and other live events directly from the best and biggest theatres all over the world onto the big screen here in Melton (and it's something we don't have at The Ritz so we just can't wait!).
I'm sure some off you will have seen us around in The Melton Times, Eye 103 and on BBC East Midlands but in case you missed any of that it was all summed up in a radio interview with BBC Radio Leicester:
Amongst all of the media coverage and presentations and cleaning (so, so much cleaning...) we have been thinking of our members and can reveal our designs for the membership cards:
The most bizarre happening of the week - the request that Queen Victoria reside in the entrance of the cinema for the duration of the Victorian shopping day! We've heard all about the Victorian day and it sounds like great fun so come and have your photograph taken with Queen Victoria and we'll all be there so please come and say hello!
Where better to end than at the beginning?
We received a wonderful letter from Neil Merryweather (son of the previous owner of The Regal, John), here's a snippet:
‘May I offer my congratulations and best wishes to you and your family. I know my father had a lot of admiration for what you had achieved (and continue to achieve) at Belper, and he would be enormously pleased the old building remains independent and in such good hands.’
‘You must be enormously proud of your achievements and I know that Melton eagerly awaits with the hope that some of the same magic dust gets sprinkled there. They are good people who are loyal and supportive and see the cinema with a great deal of affection.’
It's great to know we have the support of everybody around us, not too much longer to wait now.
There is a lot more going on soon and we will update the blog as often as possible – please keeping checking in!
Episode IV: A New Hope
The near future in a market town not too far away…
Since the doors closed in July we’re sure you’ve all been wondering what’s happening to The Regal – we are delighted to tell you what is happening!
We are The Ritz Cinema in Belper, Derbyshire and we’ve been open since 2006. When we found The Ritz, the doors had been closed for fifteen years; like many cinemas, there had been a steady decline in attendance following the rise of the multiplex and the cinema just couldn’t sustain itself any longer. The town was sad to lose their cinema and when we proposed a re-opening people were extremely excited and behind us all the way! After several years of planning and a six-month refurbishment, we opened the doors to a very enthusiastic and supportive audience - since we opened we have shown films to over 300,000 people!
Our audience is amazing, all we wanted was to bring our passion for cinema to our local town and with everyone’s support we’ve managed to do just that! But please don’t just take it from me, here’s what everyone else thinks:
We want to bring The Regal back to its former glory and have a thriving, cultural centre in Melton – we have found here that The Ritz has added to the lively buzz that’s already in the town. Whenever we mention Melton to anyone, they without question say two things, “Beautiful place Melton” and “Pork pies”! We want to add a third, “Fantastic cinema”!
We aim to have the doors of The Regal open again in early 2013 and between now and then we will be working on a complete refurbishment of the interior and talking to you about what you want your cinema to be. The next step will be to invite you all to a meeting so we can talk about what’s going on and to introduce ourselves properly. We can’t wait to meet you all and hope that we’ll be able to give you a cinema to be proud of and that people will talk about all over Leicestershire or even in the whole country! (The Guardian listed The Ritz in their top ten cinemas in the UK so maybe we can add The Regal to the list!)
Keep checking back, whenever we have something new to tell we’ll post it here, sometimes it will be a little and sometimes it will probably be too much!
We are so looking forward to coming to Melton – As Bogart once said, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” (And yes, we probably will show Casablanca as one of our classics!)