The Home Stretch

by Jacob on February 15th, 2013

I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed...

We have made great progress at The Regal, ideas and concepts that were discussed in November are now reaching their conclusion, often not exactly how we planned but always with the same attention to quality we've put in to every part of the cinema. We're still waiting on the screen and the projector so it's easy to get caught up in all the renovations and forget that it will be a place to enjoy films in the not-too-distant future.

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!
It’s quite chaotic at The Regal at the moment but it's the kind of chaos that results in a lot of gut decisions, the kind of decisions that will give the cinema character, personality and charm! For example, Bryony has been designing our auditorium doors and the tables for our sofas-for-two for our fantastic joiner to create and they are looking really good.
Mixed in with a few snap decisions, some long awaited choices and designs have now come to fruition. The new display fridges and appliances have arrived, along with our bespoke popcorn boxes. It's all very exciting and we were very happy to receive a visit from our seat manufacturers who showed us a sample of the drinks guard for all our seats.
There is some bad news, however, we are disappointed to announce that there will be no disabled access.  We have found that we are unable to make adaptations to the building in order to make the cinema accessible. We are very sorry to those who will not be able to enjoy The Regal Cinema. 

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...
Looking forward, the carpets are arriving Monday and work on them should be finished by Friday. This of course means that the whole place needs another clear before the carpets arrive. Most of our time seems to be spent clearing up these days!  The foyer and bar area is almost complete and painting has begun. The original windows in the foyer are looking fantastic - even without the remaining work they will receive. 
We are now taking applications for front of house staff and cleaners. We are looking for part time staff that are friendly, enthusiastic and will look forward to coming to work at The Regal. Please just email your applications to info@regalcinemamelton.com or post them through our letter box. The last day to apply is February 22nd and anybody is welcome.  Please follow the format requested on our previous blog – we don’t want CV’s - we want personality!
And last but definitely not least, to our members… we are currently booking the films for our special member preview screenings and we hope to provide a choice of three films of different genres. These will be detailed in an invitation that you will receive in the post towards the end of February or in the first week of March. The first monthly brochure, your membership cards, your free tickets and a little introduction to the way The Regal Cinema works will arrive with you in the post around the time of the preview screenings so you will be able to book for the remainder of the month when you arrive.

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...


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5 Comments

Angela Blair - February 15th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Hi there when are you open for people to come in and sign membership or do you do it online?
Wales - February 17th, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Looks amazing and thanks for the updates information. Looking forward to march. Mr. W Tuffers
Craig - February 21st, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Please consider enabling online booking for the cinema - it is so much more convenient than having to go to the cinema to buy tickets, only to risk it already been sold out...
Peter - March 2nd, 2013 at 3:17 AM
Good progress and really looking forward to the Opening and film options.
The Rowlands - March 11th, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Really happy that the Regal is opening again soon. we've missed having a cinema in Melton. I hope the new cinema retains some of the uniqueness of the old cinema. Where else were you offered a packet of biscuits with your coffee? Visiting the cinemas in Leicester was no compensation for the quirky character of the Regal. We've got our family membership sorted and looking forward to our first outing soon. Thank you buying our cinema.

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