Rodney Street, Canonmills,
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Located in the Canonmills area, which is to the north of the New Town centre of Edinburgh. The Ritz Cinema was built by Scottish Cinemas and Variety Theatres (a company headed by John Maxwell, founder of Associated British Cinemas-ABC). It opened on 8th September 1929 with Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool”.
It was ‘modernised’ in February 1969 when the stalls area had new seating installed and became a luxury lounge area, the seating in the circle was removed and that area was closed giving a reduced seating capacity of 1,200. ABC closed the Ritz on 28th November 1981 with Linda Blair in “Exorcist II:The Heretic” and Mel Gibson in “Mad Max”. Applications to convert the building into a bingo hall were refused and it was demolished in 1983.
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