Ritz Cinema Demolished

posted by Samanthacheryl on June 17, 2005 at 6:08 am

WIGAN, ENGLAND — The Ritz Cinema, opened in 1938 and built in the Art Deco style of the period is being demolished. After a new multiplex opened it finally closed on 31 May 1998. As I only moved to the area recently, I never went there but many local people have fond memories of it. The cinema is currently being demolished in the town centre, today atop a hill, I could see the yellow curtains still hanging around the giant main screen.

Visit this site for a whole gallery of photographs taken inside the building last year. They even left the pepsi cans in the fridge!!! I think this is extremely sad.

The cinema is being demolished to build yet another shopping centre.

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Comments (4)

br91975 on June 17, 2005 at 8:40 am

I agree, Samantha – this is extremely sad. Looking at the photos, save for a little clean-up and minor repair work here and there (and disposal of those seven-year-old cans of Pepsi), this theatre was hardly run-down. Too bad no one took over ownership and found a way to return it to operation.

Samanthacheryl on June 20, 2005 at 6:40 am

I walked past the cinema today and it is now just a shell. According to local press, this building was extremely close to being saved and turned into a concert venue; I believe that within the next decade people will come to regret loosing such a valuable part of Wigan’s history.

chriswilki on November 1, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Though i utterly dissagee with the demolition us locals mean little to our council and so our opinions not considered but why oh why at least couldnt they implement the ritz as a refurbished and modernised cinema into the new grand arcade? it would have been a fantastic feature for the mall attracting young to the movies and the older generation the fans of the ritz to the grand arcade for a chance to re live the fantastic ritz experience. Many of the new shopping centres have cinemas built within them, why not us in wigan.

chriswilki on November 1, 2006 at 2:52 pm

oh and further more anyone with photos please email them to me, chris wigan 24, thankyou

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