Ritz Cinema

The Common,
Crich, DE4

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Previously operated by: Miles Byrne Group

Previous Names: Picture House, Cinema

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Located in the village of Crich, Derbyshire (which since 1960 has been the home of the National Tramway Museum). The Cinema was opened prior to 1927. It was a fairly plain brick building which had a corrugated iron roof. It was equipped with a Marshall sound system. It was listed as (Closed) in 1937. It had re-opened by 1944.

By 1947 it had been re-named Cinema and a Gyrotone sound system had been fitted. It now boasted a cafe attached. By 1953 the Cinema had 122 seats, and the proscenium was 18ft wide. The reduction in the seating capacity was due to some seats being removed to allow for dancing.

By 1958 it had been taken over by the Miles Byrne circuit and was re-named Ritz Cinema, with 300 seats. By 1966 it had been equipped with a GB-Kalee sound system. It had closed by the late-1960’s and was converted into the Tors Spring factory.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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