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Architects: A.H. Jones
Styles: Art Deco
Located in Maidenhead, Berkshire on Crown Lane, just off Bridge Street. The Ritz Cinema was designed for the Union Cinemas chain by architect A.H. Jones. It had a modern brick facade and foyer, and seating in the auditorium was for 748, all on a single floor. The auditorium was in 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, becoming Harvey’s woodworking company.
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 and finally a Holmes Place gymnasium. It was demolished by 2015.
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