Cannon Bradford

Leeds Road and Well Street,
Bradford, BD1 1JR

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rivest266 on October 14, 2021 at 11:34 pm

Grand opening ad posted

terry on September 6, 2017 at 5:47 am

Auditorium photo uploaded.

terry on March 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

The Painted Wagon pub occupied the large second foyer area and the mini screens 2 & 3 were in the under hang in the rear stalls and not in the front stalls which, after the conversion, were unused. The screen for the main auditorium remained in its original position within the proscenium.

HJHill on June 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

There is an uncommon angle on the Hall Ings side of the early Ritz.

HJHill on May 19, 2012 at 5:04 am

This cinema was on a triangular site, with shops at the apex and along the flanks of the auditorium. It was tardis-like to me: so vast inside; yet without overwhelming bulk when seen outside (unlike the Odeon and Gaumont across the town centre). The internal height came from the stalls area being entirely below ground level. The organ (in the photo above) was damaged and removed when the centre of Bradford flooded in 1947. See

With the introduction of cinemascope, as in many cinemas, the screen was brought as far forward as possible (for side stalls sight lines) and the impressive display of suspended fabric went. The light coloured tabs would open at a tremendous lick (in my memory, always with the Pathe News cockerel and music) and billow out voluminously before falling back beyond the proscenium sides.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

A vintage photograph of the Ritz Cinema auditorium, soon after opening in 1939:
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abcman on August 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

Used to do Managerial relief at the ABC Bradford when it was a single unit and after it was tripled. when I was Assistant Manager at the ABC Huddersield, also a former Ritz Cinema.