What We Are Proud To Provide:
- An exciting programme of film, music, theatre, comedy and children’s events!
- A unique venue for your performance, celebration, conference or event!
- Spaces for classes and workshops!
We value our history, our community and our facilities.
Memories of The Regal Picture House and Cinema are very much alive in Bathgate. When it first opened in 1938, The Regal Picture House had seating for 1,100 and had cost £18,000 to build. Reborn several times in its history, Bathgate Regal’s role as a cinema continues. Adults coming to the Film Society remember seeing films such as Grease and Pete’s Dragon in the 1970s. Thanks to the dedication of community activists and to West Lothian Council, Bathgate Regal was established as a Community Theatre in 1995.
In 2008, Harry Cockburn wrote a lively history of The Regal as a 70th Anniversary Souvenir Brochure. More recently, Bruce Peter published an academic work on Scotland’s Cinemas Scotland's Cinemas by Bruce Peter
The Bathgate Regal is the finest remaining example of cinema design by Scottish architect A.D. Haxton. It boasts many original features including beautiful terrazzo flooring in the entrance foyer. Refurbishment of the exterior restored many features of its art deco facade, making Bathgate Regal a truly unique Scottish venue. More can be read about its architectural interest and history on the ScotlandsPlaces website: ScotlandsPlaces
Our vision is of a vibrant local theatre and entertainment centre contributing to the social, cultural and economic wealth of the community and providing entertainment to audiences further afield. We hope to be an example to other similar venues throughout the world.
The Regal Community Theatre Bathgate Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (SCO156813.) It has charitable status (SCO23473) and operates with a combination of paid staff and volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of West Lothian Council
- Dedicated theatre space, accommodating an audience of 206 people in tiered seating. The tiered seating can be folded away revealing an attractive wooden floor to cater for a cabaret performance, party or business function
- Bar open by arrangement to suit functions and performances
- Box Office service and ticketing facility for professional and amateur groups
- Five attractive spaces available to hire for parties, functions, meetings, rehearsals and workshops
- Friendly and helpful service