ABC Scunthorpe

25 Doncaster Road,
Scunthorpe, DN15 7RQ

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ABC Scunthorpe

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The Ritz Cinema was opened by the Union Cinemas chain on 27th February 1937 with Anna Lee in "O.H.M.S.". All seating was on a single floor. The proscenium was 54 feet wide, and the stage 18 feet deep. There were three dressing rooms. The Compton 3Manual/6Ranks organ was opened by Alex Taylor. The instrument had previously been installed in the Super Cinema, Gravesend, Kent.

In October 1937, Union Cinemas were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. In the early-1940’s, the resident organist was Noel Briggs.

In 1961, the Ritz Cinema was re-named ABC. The organ was removed in 1972 for preservation at another location. The ABC was closed on 12th January 1974. It was taken over by Mecca Dancing and converted into Tiffany’s Ballroom.

On 12th September 1985, the front stalls and stage area was converted into an ice rink, while the rear stalls area and foyer became a nightclub. It has had a series of owners and name changes over the years; Henry Afrikas, Time and currently Love2Love/Studio 25.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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abcman
abcman on February 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thanks Ken for putting the Scunthorpe Ritz on the site. As the ABC Scunthorpe, this was the first cinema I did Managerial relief at when I was an Assistant Manager with ABC Cinemas. The staff there made a very nervous young lad very welcome and all went well.

Richard Roper (abcman)

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