Record-breaking month for Regal

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THE Regal Theatre is enjoying a good start to 2011 after a record-breaking January.

Stowmarket’s much-loved theatre and cinema thrived last month, pulling in 2,400 cinema admissions in just one week.

The record was formerly held by Mamma Mia in 2008, but manager David Marsh said January’s success was all down to Colin Firth’s critically acclaimed film about King George VI.

“Admissions have been growing for a while now, but The King’s Speech has been such a fantastic film for us and with its help we have welcomed a lot of people to the Regal.

“I spoke to one lady who hadn’t been to the cinema since 1952 when she saw the Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn classic The African Queen,” said Mr Marsh.

The Regal has recovered well since suffering an arson attack in 2009. It first opened in 1936 and celebrates its 75th birthday later this year.