Ritz Cinema

53-57 Blaby Road,
South Wigston, LE18 4PA

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The interior of the Ritz on the CTA visit in April 2007

The Picture House was opened in 1920. All seating was on a single floor. In 1938, plans were proposed to enlarge the building by adding a balcony, but it was found that the foundations were not strong enough, so the Picture House was demolished.

A new cinema was built in an Art Deco style, and it opened around September 1939, with seating provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 25 feet wide.

The Ritz Cinema was closed in March 1980 and was converted into a bingo club, which remained open until 2010. By early-2018 it was in use as a special events venue.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

The Ritz Bingo Club, photographed in February 2002;
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Biffaskin
Biffaskin on March 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

As has happened to so many Bingo Clubs, Ritz Bingo closed on 2010, and the site is boarded up and disused.

Woody_London
Woody_London on April 8, 2018 at 3:07 am

Now the Retro Suite event space

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