277 Neasden Lane,
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Located in the north-west London suburb of Neasden. The Ritz Cinema was built for Associated British Cinemas(ABC) and was designed by architect Major W.J. King who designed several other cinemas for the company in North London.
Designed in an Art Deco style it had a small tower feature in the centre of the facade, which in later years was removed. The auditorium had very ornate splay walls which extended almost back to the front of the circle. There was a ribbed proscenium which had cove lighting and had a width of 46 feet. The stage was 22 feet deep and there were eight dressing rooms.
The Ritz Cinema opened on 25th March 1935 with Gary Cooper in “Now and Forever” and William Powell in “The Key”. It ran for many years as a successful cinema and led an uneventful life.
It closed on 18th December 1981 with Susan George in “Die Screaming, Marianne” and Michael Rennie in “Dracula Versus Frankenstein (Los Monstruos del Terror)”. The building was demolished and Neasden Library was built on the site.
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