ABC Warrington

Barbauld Street,
Warrington, WA1 1EX

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PROJIE on September 6, 2021 at 4:19 am

Before Westar, Simplex machines were in use. These were given to the Royal Navy in 1954.

PROJIE on April 2, 2018 at 5:28 am

Projection equipment was Westar with Western Electric sound and Peerless Carbon arcs. For many years the late Dennis Cummings was the chief operator. Another operator was John Forster, who had moved from the Odeon. He went on to do relief operating for Cheshire County Cinemas. He moved to Bournemouth and retired from projection at the Odeon.

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on February 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

“The building was demolished to make it safe.”

Amazing !!!

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on April 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Sad. Both the Scala and Futurist cinemas in Lime Street, Liverpool will probably be demolished, although the “Picture House” sign (set in stone) will probably be incorporated into what replaces it. There is a campaign to save the facade…

70mmbobbyj on April 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Pictures on the Warrington Guardian show the sad demolition of the entire building.

Mike_Blakemore on April 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Hmm.. There is a lot of it these days… and you cannot get insurance on an empty Cinemas and Theatres you know.

surf_digby on April 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

A old cinema that they wanted demolished, and has now mysteriously caught fire? Wow, what are the odds?

70mmbobbyj on April 14, 2015 at 6:18 am

There has been a huge fire. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

michaelbrent on October 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

This building has been saved

curlew on July 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

Amendment, apparently Warrington B council, can do nothing as it’s not listed.

curlew on July 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

the owners LPC have submitted a demolition order starting on 11 th august 2014, they say they can do nothing as the building is amazingly not listed. There has been some lukewarm puffing and blowing in Warrington over the past couple of days, but it looks like too little to late, and it looks like another of Union Cinemas Ritz’s is about to bite the dust. This is a stunning ‘detached’ Art Deco structure, I’m amazed it’s never got as much as a local listing, can anyone help?

Ian on May 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

The building remains “for sale”, no asking price published, just “offers invited for the freehold” in May 2013. The building still looks in very good repair.



curlew on June 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

The Ritz has just been sold for 1 million pounds to an as yet unknown buyer. The Warrington Guardian reported that WB Council put in a bid for 500,000 which was the ‘guide’ price!, in order to safeguard the building for proposed canalside devlopment- conversion to a theatre?– they have certainly been going on about it in this town for long enough

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

1936 picture looks great.thanks guys for putting them on.

laurajade18 on February 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hi, I work with a girl who has a second job doing bar work at Halo, and I’m pretty sure from the way she describes the place now that the old cinemas upstairs are used for individual rooms for different music and DJ’s. Shame.

filmfan10 on January 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

Has recently been changed to Halo nite club…

Ian on July 9, 2009 at 7:29 am

A photo as Mr Smiths here dating from 1989:–

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Vintage photographs of the Ritz Cinema:
Proposed cinema in 1936:
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At its 1937 opening:
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As the ABC, playing the ABC release in October 1958:
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As the ABC and bingo club in 1978:
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