The Regal Theatre in Stowmarket is celebrating its busiest year on record.
The cinema and theatre, on Ipswich Street, had almost 57,000 people through its doors over the last financial year, an increase of 1.5 per cent on the year before.
Manager David Marsh said the theatre’s record results were down to the local community’s continued support.
He said: “It has been another great year for the theatre, admissions are up on last year and have more than doubled in the last four years, thanks to the faith of Stowmarket Town Council and the continued support of our customers, the venue is still growing and remains relevant to the town.
“We are especially pleased as attendances over the previous financial year were boosted by Skyfall, the James Bond film, coming out which is one of those films that got people who don’t go to see films back into the cinema.
“At that time we were making in a week what we would usually make in a month - in its first week we sold out 21 of our 23 screenings. But we haven’t had one of those films this year and to have done better is very good news.
“We’ve had a wide variety of events in the past 12 months, obviously cinema is the majority of our business, but we’ve also had some great live shows, including comedian Lee Hurst, The Festival of Remembrance, country music legend Raymond Froggatt, Stowmarket’s Got Talent and a week of pantomime to name a few.”
David said the Regal is now looking to increase the capacity of the cinema with more seats, a premier area decked out with sofas and refurbishments to its toilet facilities and box office.
David said there is plenty coming up at the cinema to keep movie fans excited.
He said: “We will have the new Muppets film on all over the Easter holidays which we expect will do very well. The big unknown is Noah - in America they originally expected it to flop but it has done really well. We also have the new X-Men and Captain America films coming soon so there’s lots coming up to see.”