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The Regent Centre

Outside the Regent building


Message from Regent Centre:

As of Tuesday 17th March 2020 the Regent Centre will be temporarily postponing all films and events until further notice. We are taking this action in response to the announcement that members of the public should avoid theatres, clubs, pubs and restaurants and in consideration for the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and the community. This is a difficult decision to make, but it is a necessary one.

It is impossible to realise the full impact the coronavirus will have on the Regent Centre and other local arts organisations. If you are a ticket holder, we will be contacting you in the coming weeks regarding the status of your transaction. You do not need to contact us. If your event remains postponed or cancelled, we’ll discuss whether you’d like to support us by donating your tickets to our development fund. Alternatively, we may ask if you’d like to convert your tickets into a gift voucher to use at another time. With a reduced number of staffing, it may take us some time to contact you so please do bear with us

The Regent invites those in isolation to create short films for new film festival to be screened this October

The Regent in Christchurch is currently closed along with all other venues in the UK but this hasn’t stopped the team from getting creative! We are pleased to announce our first film festival with the film content in our first category being created by users currently stuck indoors due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. We’re looking for families, groups of people or those in isolation to get creative right now and make short films whilst the country is out of commission. Our second category is Best New Film and is for more accomplished film makers with a recently made film they would like us to feature on our big screen.

Our festival will end with a glitzy film premiere of the best new work on our big screen as chosen by our volunteer judging panel this October with proceeds going to charity.

“We wanted to create an event that will capture people’s imaginations whilst we are all indoors at the moment and create a beautiful event from this to end the project where we can all finally meet back together again in our beloved venue”. Matthew Vass-White, General Manager, Regent Centre.

To enter the competition or find out more, visit the Regent Centre website or email

Free Screenings whist we are not open...
We have 4 free web screenings lined up throughout April via our event partners including NTLive, the Met Opera and the Royal Opera House. We'll add new titles to these as they become available and post them to our website as recommended viewing for you.

The Regent Centre is situated in the middle of Christchurch High Street and is the cinema, theatre, concert hall, art gallery and entertainment centre serving Christchurch, East Dorset and the New Forest.

The Regent opened on Boxing Day 1931 as the town’s cinema, a role it retained until July 1973, when it was closed and then re-opened as the Mecca Social and Bingo Club. The final cry of ‘house’ was sounded in February 1982.

The need for an arts centre in Christchurch had already been well established in the town and in November 1982, Christchurch Borough Council purchased the Regent. A unique relationship was formed between the local authority and a group of over 100 enthusiastic volunteers. Together, they lovingly restored the Regent to all its early Art Deco glory. The Regent Centre in its present form was finally opened on June 11th 1983 by the actress Dora Bryan.

Today, the Regent Centre is one of the finest examples of an early 1930s cinema to survive in Britain. Its 480 seats are regularly filled for events as diverse as the latest film releases to professional touring theatre, jazz, big band, ballet, opera and celebrity star shows. The Regent is also the home venue for many local amateur companies, who regularly stage productions at the Centre.

The Regent maintains a rolling programme of development and improvements and on 28th March 2000, a new Studio Theatre was opened, at the rear of the building, jointly funded by the Regent Centre Association and the Council as the Borough’s main Millennium project.

During the latter part of 2006, funding was provided by Christchurch Borough Council for a major refurbishment of the Centre. This included the introduction of new seats, air conditioning, disabled lifts and loos and the Modernist re-design of the Foyer.

In February 2007 the final stage of the major refurbishment began with the re-introduction of a canopy over the front doors for the first time since 1967. Two new convex poster boards on the two supporting pillars at either side of the canopy combined with 1930s neon style signage, have tastefully re-created the early Art Deco heritage of the Regent.

Since 2008 the Regent has been able to use new technology to bring in satellite broadcasts of major artistic events from around the world to the Centre’s big screen. Today, the Regent Centre remains the heart of entertainment in Christchurch.

Opening Times

Opening 2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Monday - Saturday10:00*

* Closing time depends on the finish time of events.
Monday – Saturday 10am until show ends.
Sunday: Closed AM and open 1 hour before the performances only.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
51 High Street
BH23 1AS
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