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Regal Theatre in Stowmarket to undergo £2.6m refurbishment

The Regal Theatre in Stowmarke. Photo, Chris Holifield The Regal Theatre in Stowmarke. Photo, Chris Holifield
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Stowmarket’s Regal Theatre and Cinema is to receive a £2.6m fund from its local council towards a refurbishment.

This will see the Regal theatre’s 200-seat auditorium entirely renovated, with all the seating to be replaced and a new technical gallery added.

Disabled access to the stage will be improved, meaning more disabled artists could use the venue, and the dressing rooms will be redone.

The investment is made up of a £1.56 million grant and a £1 million loan from Mid Suffolk District Council to the theatre’s owner, Stowmarket Town Council. The money will also fund two new cinema screens and the renovation of the venue’s foyer and bar.

Events and theatre manager at the Regal David Marsh said: “The cinema helps to subsidise our live offering, and having two new screens will allow us to be more experimental and take more risks with our theatre programming.”

The leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, Nick Gowrley, said: “The Regal has been at the heart of Stowmarket for a long time, not only thanks to its cinema screens but due to its hard work with community theatre groups, dementia-friendly screenings and hosting touring performances from across the country for residents of our town to enjoy.

“However, this funding is not just about the Regal: it is about investing in the future of Stowmarket by increasing visitor spending in our town by up to £1m a year and creating up to a score of new jobs.