Good Progress

by Jacob on January 24th, 2013

The Fast And The Furious...

It's been a cold few weeks in Melton Mowbray but don't feel too sorry for us, we had the air conditioning and heating system fitted and set up just in time - our builders almost like coming to work now!
The biggest progress since our last blog has come in the auditorium; the first drops of paint were lovingly applied by Bryony last week - it was a nice reminder of how far things had come in the few short months we've been on site, and a frightening reminder of just how much decorating there is to do before we reach our deadline in March.
As the paint dries, the last pieces from the old auditorium are removed; the screen and curtains. They are making way for a slightly bigger screen which will be pushed back and lowered to give everybody's necks a rest whilst magnificent new curtains will tower from floor to ceiling.
The rake in the auditorium is now finished and the difference it will make to the legroom is amazing- even with our new bigger, comfier seats! The walls are going to be covered with a new acoustic fabric that will make it very cosy and we are scouring the internet for original art deco light fittings - we have found five but need nine...fingers crossed we find the others!
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!
In other news, we have a target in mind for our opening date and will confirm it very soon, before then we will be hosting special preview screenings for members as a way to say thank you for all those who have shown great faith in joining before we have opened. Information on these dates will be sent to you in the not too distant future, we are due to book films and times soon. Membership packs will also arrive soon, we are currently programming the cards and fine tuning our system so everything runs smoothly for you. Please remember that joining as a member has some great benefits but is optional - we will be open to everyone.
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!

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Eloise Burton (was Fessey) - January 24th, 2013 at 9:24 AM
It will be lovely to see the regal open again , ive had some great times in there,when i worked in there for john and janet calvert. Good luck to the new owners
Sue Bailey - January 24th, 2013 at 1:46 PM
This sounds really wonderful and i cant wait to see a film there with a nice glass of wine in hand- might even get a snog on the sofa!!!!
Gill - January 25th, 2013 at 1:44 AM
Really looking forward to having a local cinema again!
Lee Preston - January 25th, 2013 at 1:52 AM
So excited for our local cinema to re-open its doors once again, it's gonna be so much easier to be able to see films once again ( all this travelling to lough/leics doesn't work well with public transport)
Sounds like the work is coming along nicely and i'm soo looking forward to stepping inside the new look Regal cinema!
I wish you all the best with this cinema and hope the local people of Melton Mowbray and surrounding area's will support you and the cinema once again. We really don't want to lose our cinema but people really do need to support the cinema!
Lee Preston
Marie - January 25th, 2013 at 9:42 AM
So looking forward to the unveiling. I only went to the Regal once after John passed away - I couldn't bear not seeing him there at the bin on the way out ready for a quick comment about the film before a warm cheerio. It upset me too much and I didn't go again. However, I feel he is backing you all the way and I was wondering, will there be any little momento anywhere in his name, even something small for the many people who loved him?
All the best, and thanks for bringing the Regal back!
Steve Peters - January 26th, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Melton Regal was our 'usual' cinema until it closed. Also we've been to the Belper Cinema quite a few times and this is the most civilised picture-house we know. The Regal should now embody the best of both worlds.
Bernadette - January 27th, 2013 at 12:32 PM
So excited that The Regal will be open soon! Haven't seen any films since it closed so have a lot of catching up to do :-)
The Billsons - January 31st, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Looking forward to The Regal being open again. Will we be able to buy gift vouchers
William Ivory - February 5th, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Bloody hell, this is exciting! I can't wait to see the place up and running again. I'm sure John is looking down too, with a wry smile on his face, delighted that film lovers are so clearly in charge!
Pam and Bob Pollin - February 14th, 2013 at 4:21 AM
Just joined the club! Bob and I are looking forward to having cinema in Melton again. At the moment we travel to Leicester for a film. Best wishes.

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