Back to busi­ness at Regal

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Clubs and groups who meet at the Regal in Bath­gate can con­tinue to call the theatre home.

West Loth­ian Coun­cil owns the B-listed, art deco for­mer cinema build­ing and has now as­sumed day-to-day man­age­ment.

The Regal was pre­vi­ously man­aged by the Regal Com­mu­nity Theatre Bath­gate Lim­ited (RCTBL) board, who have now ceased trad­ing. Ex­ist­ing hall lets wi l l con­tinue, and the spa­ces in Regal re­main avail­able for hire for meet­ings and other events, in­clud­ing the au­di­to­rium. Shows and per­for­mances can’t presently be ac­com­mo­dated.

A West Loth­ian Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “It’s busi­ness as usual. We have worked with the RCTBL board to­wards an or­derly han­dover, which in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive list of ex­ist­ing lets and book­ings. Ar­range­ments have been made so they can all be ac­com­mo­dated.

“West Loth­ian Coun­cil has pro­vided sig­nif­i­cant sup­port to RCTBL in re­cent years, and we re­gret they were not able to find a sus­tain­able model for the busi­ness.

“A con­sul­ta­tion will shortly be car­ried out with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and user groups to search for a vi­able use for the prop­erty, and we would en­cour­age all those with an in­ter­est to get in­volved.”

For lets or hir­ing the Regal Theatre in the in­terim pe­riod, please con­tact He­len Laing at fi­nance@bath­gatere­gal.org or call 01506 632558.

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