Date of closure: January 2009
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The Regent was converted to a bingo hall in 1965, in the wake of the 1960 Gaming Act. The hall has remained a family run business since just after World War 2, first as a cinema and then as the Regent Bingo Club. From 1965 to its closing in 2009, the hall was run by Robin Bloom. The closure was blamed on a number of factors, including the opening of a new club in nearby Thanet, a fall in attendance following the smoking ban and the rise of the game online. Following the closure of this club, 14 staff were made redundant and the town of Deal is left without its own bingo hall. At the moment the future of the building is not certain. The below image of the exterior of the club is reproduced courtesy of Colin Baker.
By David Lloyd (January 2009)
Since closing, the venue has been purchased by two businessmen who hope to reopen it as the Silver Screen Cinema in late 2014. The multi-million pound conversion will have three screens, and restoration to the exterior facade will be part of the work undertaken.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2013)
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Regent Bingo Deal’s exterior has been well preserved, and the paintwork is a standard mix of seaside resort pastels. A city based cinema or bingo hall would never choose such laid-back colours for the exterior. Most urban bingo halls are not actively painted, and if they do for example use a blue it’s more likely to be an eye catching royal blue.
The interior shots show that the premises may have been altered with a mezzanine installed, or perhaps the alteration is merely a suspended ceiling for lighting purposes.
The club also features in a book called ‘From The Rink To The Regent’ by Andrew Sargent and Colin Varrall, the cover of which is in the gallery.
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