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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.
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