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Located in Thorne, a small town to the north-east of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The Kensington Palace Cinema was opened on 4th April 1927 with seating provided for 1,000 in stalls and circle levels. It had a 20 feet wide proscenium and the cinema had a cafe.
Taken over by Star Cinemas of Leeds in 1967 and re-named Ritz Cinema, it was closed shortly afterwards in September 1967 and became a Star Bingo Club. Its last use was as a nightclub named ‘Merlin’s’, which had closed by 1998. Since then the building was unused and empty, and became increasingly derelict.
Sadly, in 2011 most of the auditorium was demolished, leaving just the facade and foyer area standing. In 2012, the building was being converted into residential use, and the work was being filmed for the Channel 4 reality TV show ‘Grand Designs’, transmitted on 4th September 2013.
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