Sunday, January 07, 2007

Last Night At The Regal


A joyous celebration of cinema but a sad end to a fine old family business last night at the Regal. "Grease" was the final film by popular demand just beating "Gone With The Wind" apparently. I was a little miffed at the choice whn I first heard but as it turned out it was perfect as loads of people dressed up in 50's clothes for the occassion (not us) and the atmostphere was fantastic - clapping and community singing through all the songs and jiving in the isles and on stage at certain key points in the film. At the end it was pandemonium with people dancing on stage in front of the closing credits and calls for the manager to make a speech. The ice cream ladies took an ovation and Hazel shook the managers hand as we left ( I went out the back way ). Hazel took loads of photos which you can see at Flickr.
We got to the cinema quite early and luckliy found a good seat for the sell out charity show. It was nice to soak up the atmostphere and watch all the "T - Birds" and "Pink Ladies" milling about . A nice mixed crowd from children to senior citizens. Some very posh people from Cuddington sitting behind us discussing the merits of pub food and lack of any decent resturants in the area. Delightful short films at the beginning with clips of iconic moments in films throughout the history of cinema.

Very sad though that we won't be able to go here again to see films and must travel to Knutsford or Chester. Nobody is sure what will happen to the site which does flood quite badly when the river overflows - which happened a couple of years ago.

7 comments:

Jonathan said...

"Grease" is a good one, though.
I saw a live production, back in the 70's... long before the movie came out.
Slicked back my hair and wore a leather jacket for a few years after...

michael said...

A few leather jackets and slicked back hair at the Regal too. They should have had these charity events more often. We could have all dressed up as nuns for "The Sound Of Music" !

Anonymous said...

Don't laugh - they do actually have Sound of Music "singalong" showings, and there are prizes for the best dressed nuns!

Shame when an old cinema has to clsoe. They should have marketed it so well a bit earlier. Grease is a great film tho' - and at least the event was a memorable one!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and in the US, you now have a chance to become the star of Grease (a la How Do You Solve A problem Like Maria!)

michael said...

Sounds awful! But then again probably compulsive viewing for some! Hazel would watch it for sure!

Jonathan said...

It IS pretty awfull, so far. The only episode I've seen was the first selection of contestants to go on to the "Grease Academy". You can guess that there was some terrible singing and dancing in the first go-round.

Sharon J said...

One of my favourite films! And it sounds like a good time was had by all. Where is the Regal, though?