Original drawings for landmark building

John McGlynn and the architects drawing (below) of the Regent from the 1890s.
John McGlynn and the architects drawing (below) of the Regent from the 1890s.
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A Blackpool businessman has revealed the original architect’s drawing of a former cinema which is up for sale.

The elegant line drawing shows the Regent Cinema, in Church Street, which until 2010 operated as Riley’s American Pool and Snooker Hall.

The architects drawing of the Regent from the 1890s.

The architects drawing of the Regent from the 1890s.

Residential landlord John McGlynn acquired the line drawing, which shows how the men who designed the building in the late 1890s wanted it to look, with several others produced by the Blackpool firm Lumb and Walton.

They were based in Clifton Street and as well as designing the Regent, Mr McGlynn said they built the Newton Arms pub and the bank which used to stand opposite the Winter Gardens.

He said: “My family were prominent in business in Blackpool at that time and I have always been interested in the history of Blackpool and have a house full of material about the town.

“The picture was hanging in the offices of an architects firm and we picked it up at an auction 25 years ago with the others.

“It shows the building with people from that era in the foreground.”

The Regent opened in 1921 as the early days of cinema took off.

Mr McGlynn added: “It is part of the town’s entertainment history. Blackpool is short of fine old buildings such as this.

“It is not in good condition now but if someone with deep pockets could come along and rescue it that would be great. However it would need to have a sound commercial use.”

The building is up for auction on February 22 with a guide price of £60,000 to £70,000 through Metcalf Estate Agents.

Carl Carrington, built heritage and conservation manager at Blackpool Council said: “We are hopeful that whoever buys if would look at using the shell of the building.”

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