The Start of Something New

by Jacob on November 22nd, 2012

A Beautiful Friendship

Lots and lots has happened since our last blog – we finally got our hands on the keys, it’s amazing how long it takes for the legalities to be finalised but we got there in the end and have signed a 15 year lease – we are here for the long haul!
This didn't stop us from getting on with things, however - but we'll get to that later.
 
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!
We have already started clearing the auditorium and have made final decisions on seating - the 'standard' seats will be wider, deeper, more comfortable and will have much more legroom. We will also have two of rows of luxury seats - the model we're going for is called 'The King', so they'll fit in with the theme of The Regal!  The final, and our favourite, type of new seating is the sofas; they're lovely two seaters that can be shared by couples or good friends and they'll make you feel right at home!
 
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:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011j418

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:
We hope you like them!

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!


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4 Comments

Helen Peacock - November 23rd, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Great news, can't wait till opening. Such a drag to keep going over to Leicester to see the new films.
E Lever - November 28th, 2012 at 4:37 AM
Have you thought about applying for a lottery grant to perhaps have a disabled access installed?
T Jones - December 3rd, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Melton Film Festival. Lots of scope there for students, and budding spielbergs.
Reekie - February 4th, 2013 at 9:33 AM
What is the new telephone number

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