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It’s equally sad and fascinating for me, as it’s the only glimpse I’ve had of it as a single screen.
I’ve had a good explore behind the false walls and the proscenium and those decorative features are all still there.
I wasn’t born until 1976, so unfortunately I’ve never seen it without the metal covering and I’m yet to see any colour photos of it from before the 80s.
Can you remember what colour the exit door would have been?
Alas, the Ritz is no more. It sat boarded up for a few years in the hope that someone would bring it back to some sort of use, but the bulldozers have now brought it down.
What a waste of a beautiful interior. I understand that they want it dark, but they could have still highlighted the details in it.
Looks like the filming of Modern Family caught the locals by surprise.
A old cinema that they wanted demolished, and has now mysteriously caught fire? Wow, what are the odds?
Goldfish terrorism is no laughing matter.
A few videos of the fire.
The Hippodrome is at risk of demolition. Any signatures added to this petition would be appreciated.
The pictures on 28DL no longer show up, but there’s an upsetting/angering recent picture here.
Why bother ripping stuff out if you’re not going to use the building? At least let it sit in its original, unspoiled state until you’ve decided what to do with it, or sell it on and let the new owners decide.
It would seem the writing’s on the wall for the Curzon. Permission has been granted to flatten in to make way for supermarket space.
Is that Clubland building really only 7 years old?
According to legend, this is where Granville got up to no good!
More cinemas should have a hot tub at the front.
Was it operating between 1929 and 1937 though?
I’d be happy to take that fork off your hands. It’ll sit next to my Odeon fork with the Rank logo on it.
It doesn’t matter what the genre. Everything looks better on a bigger screen. Scale impresses. That’s why we love Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Grand Canyon, the Pyramid of Giza, etc..
Who on Earth thought that that light fitting would be in keeping with the building?
The foyer is now a Sainsburys. Absolutely nothing of note is visible in there.
Why on Earth would they do something like that? My brain struggles to comprehend why we aren’t still striving to create things like this. To destroy such things is just utter lunacy.
Hi Andi, I would love an opportunity to tour the rest of the building. I have been in the projectionist room (and had my first “scary pigeon” moment in there), but missed out on the fly tower due to my comically underpowered torch.
The former Grand will be staying with for a few more years yet. It was bought in auction a few weeks ago, and is being turned into a church. The Pastor is a local man with as much nostalgic appreciation for the building as I, so won’t be ripping everything out, and has plans for Screen 2 to be refitted back into a small cinema (not that 300+ seats is considered small these days).
Some echoes of Odeon Aylesbury in the design.
There is one photo on Flickr of Screen 2, seemingly taken just after the 1978 tripling.
Other than that one – and a photo of the staff taken in the foyer – I’ve not seen any other photo’s of the interior that were taken when the cinema was still alive.
Regarding the removal of the cladding, the architectural plans relating to the metal covering reads “Profile of projecting cornices and band courses to be cut back to line of pies(?) faces”.
From poking my head through the windows, the stonework does not appear to be in particularly good shape. The balustrade on top of the curved section has been removed and replaced with brick.
If the metal cladding were to be removed, the front of the building probably wouldn’t look too pretty. The bricking up of windows and cementing was not done with much consideration of asthetics.