NEWS & UPDATES

19/06/2018 Regent Maintenance Fortnight

The Regent Centre in Christchurch will be closing for its annual Maintenance Fortnight from Monday 2 – Saturday 14 July inclusive.  During this period, the theatre, cinema, foyer and coffee bar will be closed to the public.

However, the Box Office and CIC – Christchurch Information Centre - will remain open except for the following days: Saturday 7 July, Wednesday 11th July, Thursday 12 July, Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July, when new Box Office computers and software are being installed and tested with staff training on the new system.

God First Church will not be meeting for their weekly service in the Auditorium on Sunday 8 July.  Their scheduled Services on Sunday 1 and Sunday 15 July will take place as usual.

Poppets Pre School will continue to meet in the Regent Studio area as usual throughout the Maintenance Fortnight.

During the Maintenance Fortnight, the Coffee Bar will have a new counter top installed and the Foyer Bar will have extra shelving to enhance the display area and allow for the installation of new fridges with sliding doors. 

The Foyer Art Gallery will have new “warm” lights installed which will enable the public to view the work of local artists in a more natural environment.

In the Auditorium there will be a major session of PAT Testing of all of the technical equipment, which will include all of the lights and sound equipment.

The Regent Centre will re-open on Sunday 15 July in time for the Disney Peter Pan Jr Auditions which are at 1.30pm and the Encore recorded broadcast screening of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (12A), which can be seen at 7.30pm on 15 July.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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14/05/18 Scaffolding.

The new scaffolding is up! It has taken a little longer than we hoped but the new scaffolding is up and attached to the South wall in preperation for the tender process from the Christchurch Borough Council and the major works in 2019. Alongside the external project we are hoping to forge ahead and reconfigure our backstage area to better support the diverse productions we continue to attract here at The Regent.

19/12/17 AUDITORIUM WALL - AN UPDATE.

You may have read in the local press that Christchurch Borough Council has agree to suspend the major works to the south wall of the auditorium until 2019. This has decision has been made to allow time for a complete investigation into the extent of the corrosion to the main steel frame of the Auditorium and for us to plan other capital projects that will require the theatre to close for a period of weeks. An independent surveyor has deemed the building safe to use until then and we are confident that the temporary solution put forward by the hard working Estates team at CBC will be more than sufficient to see us through until the major works get underway.

There will be a period of disruption to the left side of the auditorium in January 2018 for some 'pinning' to take place through the wall to the new scaffolding system that will mean the left hand side chairs will be out of use for a period of, hopefully, no more than a few weeks.

We thank you for your patience during this time and your ongoing support to The Regent Centre.

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21/07/17 REGENT CENTRE AUDITORIUM TO REOPEN ON SAT 22ND JULY

We’re pleased to announce our auditorium will reopen this weekend, ahead of screenings of the world-renowned André Rieu Maastricht concert.

During planned maintenance work to include the addition of a brand new art-deco foyer bar, Christchurch Borough Council engineers discovered a structural issue on the exterior of the south side of the building.

Following receipt of a structural report, the circle seating in the auditorium will remain closed as a precautionary measure while further investigation work takes place.

Customers with tickets in the circle for this weekend’s performances, will be contacted by the Regent Centre directly. We will offer alternative seating in the stalls where possible or full refunds.

We apologise to all patrons affected by this. Thank you for your continued patience and ongoing support.

The Regent Centre

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25/05/17 SECURITY UPDATE

Following on from the atrocious terrorist attack in Manchester on Mon 22nd May, we want to reassure and share with you the steps we are taking in order to ensure members of the public, staff, volunteers and users are safe when they come to the Regent Centre.

Unfortunately over the last few years we have witnessed several large terrorist attacks across Europe that focus on large groups of people in public settings. After the terrible attacks in Paris and the Bataclan Theatre, we immediately reviewed our security measures at the Theatre, and along with several other local venues, we took advice from Dorset Police and the Counter Terrorism Security Advisors of measures to take in order to stay vigilant.

As a venue we already have in place CCTV coverage throughout the building and the surrounding alleyways. We operate bag searches on any large bags that come into the venue and all staff and volunteers have been encouraged to report any suspicious activity or packages. The Regent Centre are also part of the ‘Shop Watch’ network in Christchurch meaning we can radio in any concerns directly to the CCTV control from for the High-street.

We are in constant contact with several other local venues to ensure we are sharing information and taking appropriate steps in order to keep everyone safe.

As a venue we can only do our best to prepare and understand the security measures we can take to ensure everyone’s safety. We would ask all customers for their patience and understanding during this time.

We hope you can continue to enjoy visiting and supporting the Regent Centre and feel safe in doing so.

F Porter
General Manager

A note from the CTSA team on the 23rd May:

We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed - the police service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our communities.
The Anti-terrorist hotline is 0800 789 321 if you suspect any suspicious behaviour or activity.

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16/03/17 THE REGENT CENTRE IS THE ONE!

What a roller-coaster 48 hours we have had! We wanted to give you an idea of what went into bringing a few minutes of live footage onto national TV. 

When 'The One Show' approached us a few days ago, we jumped at the opportunity! With an average of 5 million viewers a night, it was a great chance to showcase the Regent on TV.

We only got the go-ahead at 5pm on Tuesday that is was going to happen, so we had 24 hours to get everything ready at the Regent. There is a huge amount that goes into Live TV, more than we ever realised, and there was lots of phone calls on Tuesday between us, the film company and The One Show to get everything in place.

On Wednesday, the camera crew arrived at lunchtime to set up. There were 6 people in total: camera crew, a director, producer, sound and an AV technician!  Our biggest challenge was setting up the live link from the AV Van in the car park, straight into our projector, and broadcasting that live onto our big screen. We’d never done it before, so it was a nerve-racking time before that went live! Luckily for us, the crew were brilliant and made the whole process really enjoyable.

After a break for the film in the afternoon, we went back in at 5pm and then the BBC went live on our screen for a rehearsal. During this time the presenters do their rehearsal and they make sure all the live links work so they tested coming over to us live from the studio. Technology was always our biggest worry with this, but it’s incredible what they can and how it all works and luckily it did!

The show wanted to keep an element of surprise so although we told some of the audience there would be filming, they didn’t want us to say too much. Luckily for us the film 'Lion' has been really popular so we already had a full-house in!

Once the show started at 7pm, people at home were made aware that they were going to come live to us but for the audience in the auditorium, they were sat watching our normal adverts!

The moment before we went live was really exciting, the crew were all on radio-cans to the BBC in London, and because it all happens so quickly (live TV!), we were suddenly told "its going live" and then The One Show popped up on the screen! The audience were slightly shocked but as you could probably tell, there was also a slight sound delay which is way the applause came a bit late!

Once we were live on screen it all went by rather quickly and before we knew it, it was over!  

We are very grateful to our audience on that night for being part of it as once that was over, we had just twenty mins to take the cameras out before we carried on with the scheduled film.

This kind of opportunity is a real ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ moment and we were so pleased to showcase the Regent Centre across the UK, the first time the venue has ever been featured on national TV! As an independent Cinema and Theatre, we work really hard to make sure the Regent Centre will be here for future generations and publicity like this is not only incredible for us, but also for all other independent Cinemas & Theatres in the UK.

We are hugely grateful for the support of everyone locally who love the Regent and everything we do. We couldn’t have done yesterday without the support of the BBC crew, our technician Tom, the FOH team at the Regent, the volunteers and the audience that participated.

We are just really pleased we had the opportunity to not only showcase the Regent, but also Christchurch to a wider audience across the UK. We have never had so much feedback and interaction online and the response has been overwhelming for us all.

Thank you again to everyone and here’s to many more exciting times ahead!

Felicity Porter
General Manager

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