Ritz Cinema

Crown Lane,
Maidenhead, SL6 1QR

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The Ritz in April 2006

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Located in Maidenhead, Berkshire on Crown Lane, just off Bridge Street. Built as a roller skating rink in 1908. By 1909, films were being screened during skating sessions. In 1910 it was converted into the Picture Theatre, with seating for 1,500. By 1914 it was known as the Hippodrome Picture Theatre.

It was taken over by the Union Cinemas chain and closed in 1934 for alterations to be carried out by architect A.H. Jones. A modern brick facade and foyer were added, and seating in the auditorium was reduced to 748, all on a single floor. The auditorium was given an Art Deco style, with green & orange coloured walls, black doors and stainless steel fittings. It opened as the Ritz Cinema on 26th January 1936.

Union Cinemas were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937. ABC closed the Ritz Cinema in 1944, possibly due to wartime conditions. It never re-opened as a cinema.

In later years the building became the Berkshire Racket Club specializing in games of squash and badminton. In recent years it has become La Roche Fitness & health centre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on October 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

There is a small picture of the Ritz on this webpage.

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