Essoldo Cheltenham

391 High Street,
Cheltenham, GL50 3HU

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Essoldo Cheltenham

Located some distance from the main town centre. The Ritz Theatre was opened on 18th September 1937 with Errol Flynn in "Green Light". It was designed by its operator, a Mr. A.S. Walters. Seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised section at the rear instead of a balcony. The proscenium was 30 feet wide.

The Ritz Cinema was taken over by the Essoldo chain in around June 1947. It was modernised for CinemaScope and re-opened as the Essoldo on 31st May 1954 with Richard Burton in “The Robe”. The Essoldo was closed on 25th April 1964 with Todd Armstrong in "Jason and the Argonauts". It was converted into a Legalite Bingo Club, which by 1998 was operated by Mecca Bingo Clubs. In 2011, it operated as the ACE Bingo Club.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on April 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

There is a picture of the former Essoldo as the ACE Bingo Hall at the bottom of this webpage: View link.

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