24 Victoria Street,
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The Ritz Cinema (Official)
Architects: Robin Audrey Thomas
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
The Ritz Cinema opened on 13th July 1936 with Binnie Hale in “Hyde Park Corner”. It had seating for 612 seats in stalls and balcony levels. It was split in 1973 when the British Legion purchased the building and converted the stalls level into a socia club A 204 seat cinema was created in the former balcony.
The Ritz Cinema, now operating in the former balcony area, is Burnham-on-Sea’s last movie house. It was slated to close in July 2002 after 70 years of operation, according to an article in ThisIsBristol.com. However, it underwent a restoration, re-opening 17th September 2004, sub-divided into two screens seating 125 and 98, screening “Shrek II” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. A third screen was added on 23rd October 2015.
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