Ritz Cinema, Nuneaton

Ritz Cinema, Nuneaton

Opening in 1937, the Ritz cinema in Nuneaton features some excellent Grade II listed plasterwork interiors.

Visited February 2019  UK Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK Closed, Abandoned

Located on the corner of Abbey Street and Newtown Road, the Ritz Cinema in Nuneaton was built and initially operated by Union Cinemas. The cinema opened on 23rd July 1937 but  was soon taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC) and was operating under that name by October 1937. The cinema was renamed The Ritz when it was taken over by an independent operator in October 1977. [1]

Ritz, Nuneaton - Archive image of the exterior
Ritz, Nuneaton – Archive image of the exterior

The Union Cinema chain were recognised for their lavish investment in high quality cinema buildings, in particular their highly-decorative interiors, very few of which now survive. The Ritz is an elegant and streamlined Moderne design of some quality, by renowned cinema architects, Verity and Beverley. The building is largely unmodified and therefore the interior has been designated with a Grade II listing. [2]

The building closed as a cinema on 18th June 1984 and was sold to new owners. Following a refurbishment, the building was reopened as the Ritz Bingo Club, later becoming Gala Bingo and closed in 2007. The building remains unused.

Ritz, Nuneaton - Auditorium viewed from the balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton – Auditorium viewed from the balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton - Auditorium viewed from the ground level
Ritz, Nuneaton – Auditorium viewed from the ground level
Ritz, Nuneaton - Proscenium arch and Art Deco fretwork
Ritz, Nuneaton – Proscenium arch and Art Deco fretwork
Ritz, Nuneaton - Bingo tables on the balcony with fretwork vents above
Ritz, Nuneaton – Bingo tables on the balcony with fretwork vents above
Ritz, Nuneaton - View across the auditorium
Ritz, Nuneaton – View across the auditorium
Ritz, Nuneaton - View from lower level
Ritz, Nuneaton – View from lower level
Ritz, Nuneaton - View across the balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton – View across the balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton - Original seats at back of balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton – Original seats at back of balcony
Ritz, Nuneaton - Front view of the original seats
Ritz, Nuneaton – Front view of the original seats
Ritz, Nuneaton - Seats and cobwebs
Ritz, Nuneaton – Seats and cobwebs
Ritz, Nuneaton - Bingo game machine
Ritz, Nuneaton – Bingo game machine
Ritz, Nuneaton - Entrance lobby
Ritz, Nuneaton – Entrance lobby
Ritz, Nuneaton - Entrance lobby
Ritz, Nuneaton – Entrance lobby
Ritz, Nuneaton - The projectors had long been removed from the projector room
Ritz, Nuneaton – The projectors had long been removed from the projector room
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