Former Chester Regal Cinema - Foregate Street, Chester, UK

William R. Glen, the Associated British Cinemas in-house architect 
Date Built
Opened in October 1937
Foregate Street, Chester
The Regal opened as a 1,973 seat cinema.  It was converted into a twin cinema in 1980 but closed permanently in 1990.  The "Brief History of Cinema in Chester" website has a copy of a document describing the Regal.  It describes it as follows:

"Representing the most modern in Cinema construction, the Regal is actually the embodiment of the best scientific knowledge and engineering skill.  The building is entirely fireproof, and the exits are so situated that a full house can be cleared comfortably within the space of two minutes.

The seats, of which there are 777 in the circle and 1,196 in the Stalls, are specially designed to give the maximum of comfort, and the carpets and appointments harmonise in colour and luxury with the interior decoration.

Every foot of air brought into the theatre is thoroughly washed and cleansed by means of grilles concealed in the architecture."