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A classic Art Deco style cinema which opened as the Ritz Cinema on 15th May 1937. It was built by Union Theatres who were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937. It originally had a Wurlitzer 3Maual/7Ranks organ installed which was opened by Harold Ramsay.
The Ritz Theatre was built to compete with the Empire Cinema next door. Like the Empire Cinema, it staged variety shows as well as movies and in the mid-1960’s staged pop shows starring Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, etc.
It was split into three screens in the 1970’s. It was listed to close in July 2003. This is a fine example of an Art Deco style provincial ‘super cinema’ worthy of preservation.
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