This project has been a lot more than just building a new cinema – it’s been about the re-birth of an iconic landmark in Redcar. The Regent has been a focal point for the town for more than 100 years, and the new cinema is influenced by the original art deco design as a nod to the past. The old cinema building was used as a location for the feature film ‘The Atonement’, and the recreation of film references have been captured in the interior finishes. Larry Grayson’s famous catchphrase ‘Shut that door’ was also coined here, as the wind from the sea kept blowing a door open when he was performing in the old theatre!
Bringing the community along on the journey was crucial in resolving some of the early negative responses to losing a historic landmark. This was successfully achieved through significant consultation with community groups – including ‘Save the Regent Cinema’ – and ensuring their inclusion.
Three Winning Facts:
- Successful delivery of the project in the face of extreme environmental conditions and challenges.
- Successful engagement with the Redcar community to design an iconic legacy for the town.
- Delivering that design to reflect the history of the old cinema and theatre, while providing a modern contemporary art deco facility that will stand the test of time.