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History of the Regent Theatre: 1991

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Ghost came in the middle of March and had 1,392 people the first week and ran for a total of 13 weeks. Dances With Wolves started before the May school holidays and ran through them still getting 600 people for both weeks and the second Home Alone movie did well. The long film, Dances, ran for eight very successful weeks and had to be taken off for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Terminator 2. For the first time since the Theatre had been twinned, we had two and only two big films that gave one big week of 1,786 admits. Robin Hood went through the August holidays with excellent figures. The holidays were good with both weeks getting well over 2,000 people. Robin Hood ran for eleven weeks.

By the end of the year business was awful and for fourteen weeks admissions were as low as 180 going up to only 470.

In 1991, I purchased the Dolby Stereo processor that came out of the Regent theatre in Hamilton after it had closed and installed it in Cinema One. Although I had previously replaced the original Starlet processor with a Starlet 2 processor with much improved results, we now had the best in sound that was available.

At the end of 1991, we installed a brand new Kineton automated projector in Cinema 1. The automation was different from the Vic 5 in Cinema Two and had a series of holes at the back of the projector and spikes were placed to activate the signal just as the holes had done in the Vic 5 automation cards. This has been a tremendously reliable asset and is still as good as new ten years later.

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