Ritz Cinema

Duke Street,
Stockport, SK1 3AA

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ABC Ritz, Stockport in 1960.

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Located on the corner of Duke Street and St. Petersgate. Planned by the Union Cinemas chain, they had been taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in October 1937, and the Ritz Cinema was completed and opened by ABC on 3rd January 1938.

The original seating capacity provided for 1,627 seats in the stalls and 716 seats in the circle. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3Manual/8Ranks organ, which had a curved console, opened by organist Wilfred Southworth. There was a large stage, dressing rooms and cafe-restaurant.

It was renamed ABC in 1961, and in November 1970, it was closed for a month to convert the stalls seating area into a ‘luxury lounge’ seating area. The ABC was taken over by an independent operator on 2nd April 1978, and it reverted back to the Ritz name. The Ritz Cinema was closed in December 1982, and was demolished. An office block name Regal House was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Vintage photographs of the Ritz Cinema/ABC, and its Wurlitzer organ console:

Derick Moss
Derick Moss on April 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Spent a couple of very happy years at this cinema, initially as third projectionist and later as assistant manager to the manager Mike Ronan.

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