The Ritz — South Street

The Ritz Cinema

The following is a small account of paranormal happenings, backed by employers and previous Investigations

The Ritz Cinema was built for the independent exhibitors; Ritz (Ilkeston) Ltd. and was designed in a modern Art Deco style by the Nottingham based architect Reginald W.G. Cooper (his seventh cinema design project). It opened on 20th May 1938 with Barbara Stanwick in “Stella Dallas” and British film star Victor McLaglen was guest of honor (invited by his nephew J.V. McLaglen who was the first manager of the Ritz Cinema).

The cinema had a very distinctive style that was very similar to the Odeon theatres which were being built at that time. There was a slender fin-tower feature and the main facade was covered with light biscuit colored Doulton ‘carraware’ tiles. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 922 in the stalls and 480 in the circle. Unfortunately, in later years the rather narrow proscenium did not adapt well for screening CinemaScope films and the top masking had to be lowered to give the widescreen effect.

The Ritz Cinema was operated by the S. Graham Circuit of Nottingham for most of its life and was closed on 8th June 1958 with a re-issue presentation of Vincent Price in “House of Wax”. It was converted into a bingo club, which remains today, independently operated. The Ritz is a Grade II Listed building.

Paranormal Activity includes.

  • The apparition of past owners/users

  • Knocking, footsteps and sounds of doors opening and cleaning

  • Land Haunting from spirits of land before the Ritz

  • Angry spirit near bar.

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