Bathgate Comic Con

Bathgate Comic Con

Bathgate Comic Con

Date:  25th June 2022
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue:  Reconnect Regal Theatre, 24-34 North Bridge Street, Bathgate, EH48 4PS

BGCP Comic Con was started as The Big Glasgow Comic Page back in July 2012 mostly out of boredom and trying to find more Comic Fans to speak to, The Facebook Page gathered likes extremely fast as there wasn’t anything like it at the time and eventually this led to a Comic Book Group, Pub Quizzes, Tournaments and eventually a Comic Book Market. 

We organized BGCP Comic Markets for several years until we had outgrown the smaller venues in Glasgow City Centre so set out to run Comic Cons in and out of Glasgow and further over Scotland including East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Loch Lomond, Dunoon, Aberdeen and countless more towns and cities. 

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About the venue

The Regal Community Theatre is a Scottish cinema and venue situated in Bathgate, West Lothian. The building became a listed building in 1999 and was upgraded to Category B in 2008, the decisive factor being the plasterwork by John Alexander. The Leven-based architect Andrew David Haxton designed the cinema in 1938. In 1995 the building was renovated; currently it serves as a venue for the community, offering a diverse programme of film, music, theatre, comedy, children’s events and workshops. It is also the home of Regal Radio, and it has its own animation company called Regal Animation.

The three-storey theatre is located on North Bridge Street in the centre of Bathgate. The Art Deco building is located on a flattened slope. The entrance front faces south and has five bays. It is decorated with plasterwork, colossal pilasters and stylized keystones. The outer, two-storey elements stand out in particular, with the colourful-lettered REGAL logo adorning the façade. The building has a flat-roof structure.

The floor of the foyer is decorated with terrazzo tiles, and the ceiling is decorated with plasterwork. The original stained glass windows are partially preserved, the interior still showing the building’s original purpose. The foyer is flanked by stairs that lead to the gallery and the upstairs bar. The lower parts of the walls are decorated with walnut veneer. Small exhibition rooms have been set up on both the ground floor and the second floor. The gallery on the second floor has been turned into an office.