Venue 73

73 Bradford Road,
Brighouse, HD6 4AD

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Union Cinema Co. Ltd.

Functions: Ballroom

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Ritz Cinema

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Ritz Cinema

Located in the small West Yorkshire town of Brighouse at the corner of Bonegate Road and Bradford Road. The Ritz Cinema was built for and operated by the Union Cinemas chain. It opened on 15th March 1937. Seating in the auditorium was on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear.

Union Cinemas were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937. They closed the Ritz Cinema on 24th June 1961.

It was converted into a bingo club, which only lasted for ten weeks. It then became the New Ritz Ballroom. A 3Manual/10Ranks Wurlitzer organ was installed. The instrument was originally installed in the Gaumont Oldham, prior to its removal in 1961. The Wurlitzer was a popular feature of the Ritz Ballroom for many years, but it was removed quite recently (around 2009?).

In 2017, due to a naming dispute with the Ritz Hotel, London, the Ritz Ballroom was closed. It reopened later in 2017 renamed Venue 73.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on February 18, 2020 at 3:42 am

In 2017 the Ritz was forced to close by the Ritz Hotel in London who threatened legal action if the 70+ year old name was not changed. It reopened later the same year as Venue 73.

Ian on February 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

Interior shot from 2002 here:–


Biffaskin on October 21, 2023 at 2:34 pm

The architect was J.H. Freer who was a partner in G.H. Haigh Co. Ltd. of Huddersfield. The cinema was built on the site of ‘Brooklands’, the home of Dr. William Skeels and his wife Ethel.

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