Ritz Cinema

Rutherglen Road,
Oatlands,
Glasgow, G5

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Ritz Cinema

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Located in the Oatlands district to the south of Glasgow. The Hippodrome Theatre was opened in May 1921. It was built as a live theatre for Archibald Horsley, and was designed by architect William Beresford Inglis. Seating was provided for 1,100 in the French Renaissance style auditorium. It soon became a cine-variety theatre. From 1925 it was taken over by Bernard Frutin who also operated the Metropole Theatre. The Hippdrome Theatre was equipped for sound films in September 1929 and it became a full time cinema.

It was not a great success, and was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 21st September 1931. They employed architect Charles J. McNair to renovate the building and it was renamed Ritz Cinema.

The Ritz Cinema was closed by ABC on 18th February 1961. It was later demolished and housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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