ABC Aldershot

28 High Street,
Aldershot, GU11 1DJ

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ritzman on July 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

New photo added of the Ritz Wurlitzer with Richard Dimbleby at the console.

ritzman on July 8, 2016 at 9:22 am

Further 2 photos added on the photo tab: Rare colour photos of the exterior neon display at the time of opening in May 1937

ritzman on June 2, 2016 at 5:47 am

3 further photos added

ritzman on June 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

5 new photos added including a letter to the purchaser of the Wurlitzer organ from Joseph Seal Director of music at ABC Cinemas in 1969

ritzman on May 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

9 New interior photos added of auditorium & entrance foyer

ritzman on May 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

A short little film about the Ritz showing rare colour shots of the original auditorium and the entrance foyer:

ritzman on October 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

New photo added. Still named Ritz but under ABC control. Easter Parade showing, and exterior of the cinema decorated for the opening of the film – complete with military band.

ritzman on June 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

1 more photo added

ritzman on June 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

4 new photos added: Jimmy Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Jasper Bartwell at the Ritz Wurlitzer & pop show poster from 1960’s

ritzman on June 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Another shot of the original Verity & Beverly designed auditorium in the photo section.

ritzman on May 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

2 New photos uploaded:original auditorium before brutal butchering into 3 screens and bingo.

ritzman on October 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

Here is a link to YouTube and an interview with the last projectionist. This is 1 of 3 films and interestingly has some shots of some of the decorative plaster on the ceiling of the rear circle that became the new projection box after conversion from single screen to bingo and 3 screens in the former circle.All 3 films are worth a watch just to see how poor the projection facilities were after conversion:

ritzman on January 1, 2013 at 5:56 am

Can we please have this listed as the Ritz Theatre please? The Ritz was only renamed Odeon after it came under the control of Cineven when they bought the revived ABC brand in the late 1990’s The original Odeon (formerly County Cinemas Empire Theatre) was next door!

ritzman on January 1, 2013 at 5:52 am

12 photos added under the photo tab. Anybody have an photos of the original single screen auditorium pre conversion to 3 screens?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

Vintage photographs of the Ritz Cinema, and its Wurlitzer organ console:

Ian on April 30, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Exterior photos of the cinema under Cannon here :–

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Tod on December 5, 2005 at 12:56 am

The old Ritz/Odeon needs your help to survive as it is under immediate threat of demolition.
Please see our campaign page for details:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2005 at 9:39 am

When the Ritz/ABC was split into 3 screens in 1977 they were located in the former balcony and seated 313, 187 and 150. The former orchestra stalls level was converted into a bingo hall.

These 3 screens were re-branded Odeon in 2002 and closed on 10th July 2003. The space has been gutted, but the Gala Bingo Club is currently still open in the former stalls level.