ABC Ipswich

Ipswich, IP1 1DZ

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eceleticandveryinspired on May 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Check this out, The late and great Gerald Shaw at the Ritz / ABC Ipswich.

He was one of the last if not the last proffesional cinema organists in the world (Last base theatre, Odeon Leicester Square. He had been in the buisness a long time [he opened the copton organ of the regal cinema St Leonards Nr Hastings in the south east of england back in 1932 for example. Enjoy the clip and his commentary.

iggybody on October 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

My first job after leaving The Ipswich School was trainee projectionist at the Ipswich Ritz cinema in 1948. 6 days a week starting at about 9.45am to the end of the last performance and my last duty finishing just after 11pm paid 17 shillings and 6 pence (I think). My first job to take down Harold Ramsey Wurlitzer Organ and last job at night to raise the organ by push button.

DAVID STICKLAND on February 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

Seats from the ABC Ipswitch were removed on closure and re installed in the State Cinema Grays, Essex. About six people , including myself made three journeys in a removel van. It was back breaking work but worth it.

madorganplayer on February 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

Ken, in fact the Wurlitzer wasnt broken up for parts.It was Cherry picked and the Music desk,Grand piano,Brass Saxaphone and Tibia Clausa went onto different organs.It was removed by the Cadence musical instrument Coand then sold onto Arthur Turner of Scarborough who installed it in the Hollywood cinema there-although his organ building skills were questionable.After his death,it was sold and is now awaiting installation in i believe Bexhill.The British Home Stores cafe now sits where the stage and Orchestra pit used to be and i often think back whilst drinking my Earl Gray!.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 28, 2010 at 6:12 am

Vintage photographs of the Ritz Cinema, and its Wurlitzer organ console;

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Ken Roe on April 7, 2009 at 7:19 am

A vintage postcard view of Buttermarket from possibly the late-1940’s:
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A zoomed-in view of the above:
A colour postcard from 1979:
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A close-up of the Ritz Cinema entrance in 1937:
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The ABC as a single screen in November 1962:
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As a triple screen in June 1963:
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Foyer in June 1973:
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ABC Screen 2 in June 1973:
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