30 years ago, in 1988, The Regal in Abingdon was indulging in the ‘Walt Disney at Easter‘ tradition with Bambi. Next up was Robocop, a film that, according to the Herald, had ‘all the latest Science-Fiction film gadgetry and enough violent action to justify the suggestion it be re-named Rambocop‘.
In 2018, after a successful run at the Unicorn Theatre, The Regal in Evesham has made an offer to Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council to take over the Abbey Hall (the new part of the Guildhall) and show films there. This offer will be recommended for acceptance by the full town council which meets on 25th April, and then comes some work to prepare the building for re-opening.
Ian Wiper of the Regal Cinema stated: “We are delighted with this recommendation and look forward to working with the Town Council. If all goes as expected, we hope to launch in the summer of 2018 with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. I would like to thank everyone who has visited us so far, our staff at the Unicorn and for the support that we have received from people in the town.”
This will allow the building to be used during the development of a scheme, by local councils, to turn the Guildhall into a Community Hub.