Thursday, 16 February 2017

What happened to the Old Regent Picture House Wantage Oxfordshire. ?

This used to be the Regent Picture house for at least 60 years.

A memorable era ended when the Regent Cinema at Wantage ceased to show films on
31st July 1977. The ubiquitous bingo had triumphed again and the town was without a
picture-house for the first time in over sixty years

If you look very closely to the right of this photo you will see the name
REGENT , this I believe was the entrance to the Picture House.
That door is now the entrance to
which is the only private owned multi-purpose
 entertainment venue in Wantage.
Cinema, Nightclub, Live Bands
also entertainment for the youngsters.

This picture was taken in 1999 - taken from Google. 
To the left is a walk way
and as you walk down there on the right
you will come across ...
This is housed in the Old Regent Cinema
and they use part of the upstairs too,
The link above is their website but I took
some photos today to show you the
MANY BOOKS they have.
I didn't go into all the rooms either.
Looking down to the entrance, which is lined with
books. This is part of the Chick Lit Section.
They  have one of the largest collections of rare and second-hand books south of Hay-on-Wye. From much-loved children's books of generations passed and antiquarian volumes, to Chick Lit novels, They have  got a book to suit everyone's taste.

Shelves full of Penquin Books
Below is the Travel Section,,

There are many more sections and rooms to see but just couldn't fit them all in.
I have a hard job choosing a book in here .. so much choice!!!


  1. This looks like a fabulous book shop. I could spend and hour or two in there :-)

  2. Looks like heaven, but I can imagine it might be overwhelming to have so many choices, and hard to limit your purchases.

  3. I saw your comment about blogging on Loree's (Malta) blog. It's funny, I also started in 2007 but have never met you. I think like you, my blog is first for myself. I am on Facebook but only to see pictures of my grandson and I am member of my city on Facebook, to know what's going on. Otherwise you can't compare to blogging at all. I learned so much, now with your post too, during all these years and became friends with Bloggers from all over the world and even met a few of them life.

  4. Just the sort of place I would love to be let loose in to browse for hours.

  5. Wow! That is an amazing collection of books,
    I could get lost in that bookshop,
    love Di xxx

  6. Oh bliss! Reminds me I haven't been to Hay-on-Wye for some time. Must be due a visit.

  7. Missed this post!!! I loved that bookshop when we lived there, I could spend hours in there, such interesting books. Hope all is well Diane xox


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