Ritzy Picturehouse

Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane,
London, SW2 1JG

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Ritzy Picturehouse

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Located in the southwest inner-city London distict of Brixton. Opening on 24th March 1911 as the Electric Pavilion, it was designed by architects E.C Homer & Lucas. It has outlasted its local competition (the fabulous Accademy, former Astoria Theatre with its superb Atmospheric style interior). The seating capacity was 800 in 1937 when it was known as the Brixton Pavilion Cinema. In 1954, noted cinema architect George Coles made some alterations to the building (possibly for CinemaScope installation).

The cinema has been through a lot of tough times but after restoration of the exterior in 1994 and a further four screens with bar and cafe being built alongside (on the site of the WWII bombed Brixton Theatre). Its fortunes have seen a total reverse from the 1970’s when it was nearly demolished.

The Ritzy is now part of the Picturehouse group who run many of London’s best independent art house cinemas, and was voted by Time Out readers as London’s second favorite cinema in 2001, the Ritzy programme covers the best of quality mainstream to art house and documentary programmes, it also has one of the first three DLP digital projectors in the UK (the others being at Manchester Filmworks and the Odeon Leicester Square)

The main auditorium retains magnificent Edwardian plasterwork with swagged ceiling ribs and paneled walls, as well as the original proscenium arch, and now seats 346 due to extra spacing between rows and larger seats. As of 2012, the screen (without a curtain in front of it) in the main auditorium is placed in front of the original arch. The four new screens have seating for 174, 113, 108 and 52.

The Ritzy Picturehouse is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Woody

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Here is a 2008 close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 22, 2008 at 6:44 pm

This is a June 2008 exterior view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm

A recent photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Here is a photo from 2001.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm

This is a 2009 photo of the Ritzy.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

An August 2009 photo is here.

TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Interesting youtube video of the RITZY PICTURHOUSE.

woody on June 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

photos from the World Premiere of he British film Shank in March 2010, in a recent refurbishment, the box office and the cafe have swapped places, so the original cinema entrance is now a large cafe bar and the cinema is entered from the new extension
lobby with temporary red carpet for the premiere
auditorium with the director and cast on stage
and after the crowds had gone

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