The Last Picture Show

Death of the Regent – Rye

David Smeed was on the spot for the Death of the Regent.

The cinema was closed on 29 September 1973

He recorded the last day of showing and the subsequent demolition of the fine building that had given so much pleasure to so many since it was opened in 1949.


Dunkirk was made in and around Rye – The cinema was packed when it showed there

The original Regent was bombed in the war

Another landmark in Rye’s long history recorded for posterity by David Smeed.


A Rye’s Own Archive release Sunday 7 May 2017

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