The Regent Theatre
is a one-screen, art deco theater that first started showing movies in 1919. It is currently owned by the City of Allegan and features first-run, new release films in state of the art digital projection.
On the outside, the Regent boasts a glittering neon marquee that has acted as a beacon in historic downtown Allegan since its installation in the 1930s. On the backside of the brick building, a beautiful art deco-inspired mural painted by celebrated West Michigan artist José Narezo adorns the wall to create a unique picture-taking opportunity.
As you enter the chrome-handled doors into the tiled lobby, you're greeted by the glass-encased ticket booth, complete with a working, original ticket dispenser. Also on display is a fully restored 1950 Simplex XL Projector that was in use at the Regent until November of 2013. The scent of freshly popped popcorn will guide you to the old-fashioned concession stand where you can purchase quality snacks at a reasonable price. The Regent is known for its delicious popcorn, freshly popped before and during each show.
“This is an awesome movie theater. The sound is great. Certainly as good as the big theaters. The popcorn is great. The price is what first brought me here, but the quality of this theater is why I come back.”In addition to first-run feature films, the Regent Theatre offers unique film series year-round, made possible by generous local sponsors. The Free Summer Matinees that run from June-August feature free family-friendly movies on a weekly basis. During the month of October, each weekend features a different late night horror flick as part of the Shocktober! series, and the Fa La La Fridays series provides a free holiday movie every weekend in December before Christmas. Flashback Fridays present a different cinema classic the last Friday of every month, for you to enjoy for the first time, or the tenth time.
- Linda De Koster Nienhuis on Facebook
Whether you're a first time visitor or a lifelong patron, the Old Regent Theatre offers a unique moviegoing experience that satisfies casual moviegoers and cinephiles alike.
Appreciate the past and enjoy the present at the Regent Theatre.