Ritz Cinema

Sunderland Road,
Horden, SR8 4PF

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The Ritz Horden in September 2006

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Located in Horden, County Durham. The Ritz Cinema opened just prior to Christmas, 1937. It had seating for 850 in stalls and a raised stepped section at the rear, later reduced to 716. There was full stage and flytower and a proscenium arch 23 feet wide. The Ritz Cinema was closed in the early-1960’s and was converted into a bingo club.

It was modernised in 1972 when the Durham based company Fairworld purchased the Ritz Cinema and it was reopened as a cinema. It was closed for alterations in January 1976 and re-opened as a twin cinema seating 240 and 135, as the Fairworld Film Centre in February 1976. Conversion work was carried out by Modernisation Ltd, a company founded by the Freise-Greene family. Seating was later reduced to 156 and 96.

Still operating in the 1990’s, it eventually closed and became a factory/warehouse for Blinds UK. This too has closed and the building is currently derelict.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian
Ian on January 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Two exterior photographs of the former Ritz taken in January 2008 here:–

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eceleticandveryinspired
eceleticandveryinspired on February 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm

One exterior photograph from the 70s here:–

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terry
terry on March 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm

This was a stadium cinema with no overhanging balcony but with a raised section at the rear of the auditorium.

Sometime in the early 1960’s the Ritz had gone over to bingo and the 1972 modernisation was carried out for its return to films.

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