(Blacks Regal Theatre)


Blacks Regal Theatre

Country of Issue: UK  Manufacturer: J.R.Gaunt
Diameter: 38mm 
Coin Dates: (Known to Exist) 1897 possibly replaced coin,
1914, 1920, 1921, 1922,
1924, 1925, 1928
Legend: “Money for nothing” above farthing, “At Blacks 
Regal Theatre
Sunderland” below Obverse  Legend: “Keep me and you will never be broke” Initials J.R.G below (J.R.Gaunt)

(Images Courtesy of Markus M)
Black's Regal Theatre was built on the site of the Olympia 
Exhibition Hall and Pleasuredrome (1897-1910)and it was built 
for the northern independent Black's circuit.
 It was designed by architects Edwin Sheridan
Grey in the art deco style and it opened on 28th March 1932. 
The theatre was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/9Ranks 
theatre organ which had an Art Deco style console on a 
lift.Facilities included a cafe and roller rink.
In 1955 the Black's circuit was taken over by the 
Rank Organisation and the Regal was re-named Odeon
   from 28th November 1955.It was divided into a three-screen 
cinema in 1975 with 1,200 seats in the former circle and two 
150 seat screens in the rear stalls.
It closed in 1982 and remained empty 
for many years. It re-opened as a top-rank bingo club and 
remains in use today as Mecca Bingo.