Ritz Cinema

High Street and Little High Street,
Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43

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Located in the West Sussex seaside town of Shoreham-by-Sea. The Norfolk Cinema was opened on 27th March 1933. It was equipped with a Kamm sound system which was replaced by a Gaumont-British sound system in 1937. On 2nd November 1947 it was re-named Ritz Cinema. On 4th October 1963 it became a part-time bingo club. It screened its final programme “Carry on Cabbie” & “The Partner” on 25th January 1964 and became a full time bingo club, but that was not very successful, and films returned on 8th March 1964, with bingo on a Friday. The Ritz Cinema closed on 8th May 1964 with Peter Sellers in “The Pink Panther”. Bingo returned and ran for several more years.

The Ritz Cinema was demolished in the 1970’s and Bellamy’s Garage was built on the site. In 2017 the Ropetackle Arts Centre stands on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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