Changes at Bathgate Regal
The Regal Community Theatre Bathgate Limited (RCTBL) is to go into voluntary liquidation.
The management board has made the difficult decision that it is not financially viable to continue to provide arts and entertainment from the former art deco cinema building in Bathgate.
All affected staff have been informed, and all performances after 31 August have been cancelled.
The RCTBL leases the Regal from West Lothian Council, and are working with the Council to ensure an orderly handback of the building. Discussions are taking place with a view to the existing community lets continuing at the Regal.
RCTBL chairman Ronnie Barnes said
“We would like to thank everyone who has worked hard in the last few years to try and keep the Regal going, especially our committed, hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers and loyal members of the public.
Thanks must also go to West Lothian Council for their continued financial support and ongoing advice that has allowed us to continue trading this far.
We hope a sustainable, positive future can be found for the Regal, to ensure that such a distinctive building can continue to play an important role in community life in Bathgate.”
Anyone who has purchased a ticket for a performance at the Regal electronically will have money refunded directly to their account.
Regal Community Theatre Board
A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “We have been informed by the Regal Community Theatre Bathgate Limited (RCTBL) board of their intention to voluntarily liquidate.
“We have provided significant financial and professional support to RCTBL in recent years, and regret they have not been able to find a sustainable model for the business.
“West Lothian Council owns the B listed art deco former cinema building and leased it to RCTBL as an arts and community venue. We will work with RCTBL, to ensure an orderly handover of the Regal back to the council and ensure that community lets can be maintained.
“Given developments, the council has agreed that a consultation will be carried out with the local community and user groups to search for a viable community use for the property.”