Rain

Rain

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Stowmarket: James Bond film Skyfall gives boost for Regal Theatre

07:53 01 November 2012

Stowmarket Regal Theatre manager David Marsh

Stowmarket Regal Theatre manager David Marsh

Archant

The new James Bond film, Skyfall, has helped a theatre have a record-breaking weekend.

The Regal Theatre in Stowmarket had its busiest weekend for more than 40 years with the release of the critically-acclaimed Bond film.

Hundreds of people flocked to the entertainment venue which has been growing since it suffered a setback in 2009 after it was hit by an arson attack.

Theatre manager David Marsh said: “With 1,290 admissions and lots of sold-out performances, it’s the busiest weekend of cinema we’ve had for over 40 years.

“Disappointingly we only just missed out on another record, the one for our busiest single day, which is still held by The King’s Speech, in January of this year.”

The theatre has been experiencing a rise in admissions and has been running at an operating profit for the first time since Stowmarket Town Council started running it in 1972.

For the years 2011/12 more than 52,000 people went to the Regal for one of its shows, which includes a film, theatre and live performance programme.

The number was an increase of 11,000 on the previous year.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a hit this year with more than 3,000 people seeing it.

Less than a decade ago the Regal struggled to get 8,000 people to visit.

Mr Marsh has said he would like to see a second screen built but, with cost of a digital projector at £60,000, it is expected it would not be built for at least a few years.

Skyfall has smashed UK records to give it the biggest opening weekend in James Bond film history.

The 23rd Bond film took £20.1million, notching the second biggest three-day opening for any film in the UK.

But Skyfall failed to topple the £23m UK record set last summer by Harry Potter’s finale in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Skyfall, which celebrates the 50th anniversary since the first James Bond film, Dr No, is running at the Regal until November 8. For more information and tickets go to www.regalstowmarket.co.uk

0 comments

The sun shines for the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.

Tomorrow marks day one of the Suffolk Show 2016 - which promises to be the biggest ever show.

Only drivers with disability badges are permitted to park in the shared space in Felixstowe town centre.

Special constables are to be tasked to carry out random blitz days to tackle problems with illegal parking in Felixstowe town centre.

Matthew Brett freshens up the hay for Theberton Herd cows at the Suffolk Show.

This week we have a team of reporters and photographers at Trinity Park bringing you full coverage of the highlight of the Suffolk agricultural calendar - the Suffolk Show.

Ipswich Town Hall, Ipswich Icons column August 22, 2015

A blue plaque honouring Ipswich’s first female mayor is set to be installed above the entrance to Ipswich Town Hall as part of a project to honour women who have helped shape the town.

On going building work at Kesgrave High School to construct a new coffee shop for the students

Work has begun on a modern new dining and courtyard area at Kesgrave High School, and is expected to be open this September.

Hollesley Bay

Hollesley Bay prison’s Independent Monitoring Board Chairman has pledged continue with her duties despite being ostracised by other board members.

A police car has been involved in a collision.

A police car has collided with the central reservation on the A14 at Woolpit, causing delays on the westbound carriageway.

Floods block Holywells Road, Ipswich

Heavy rain and flooding has caused delays on the road and rail networks across Suffolk this morning, after more than a months worth of rain fell in four hours.

Enjoy a family day out at the Suffolk Show

Looking for ways to entertain the family during the school holidays? Here we bring you a round up of what is on in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and elsewhere in Suffolk, and into north Essex.

The Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

The rain may have stopped but the skies over Suffolk are grey and threatening, and your plans for the day have now fallen flat.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24