78 High Street,
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Previously operated by: Caledonian Associated Cinemas Ltd.
Styles: Art Deco
Located in Rothesay, Isle of Bute. The Ritz Cinema was opened in 1937 by a Glasgow based syndicate. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium and a small stage. It was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system.
After the end of World War II, it was taken over by Caledonian Associated Cinemas Ltd. chain. The Ritz Cinema was never equipped with CinemaScope, and closed on 7th May 1955 with Walt Disney’s ‘True Life Adventure’ “The Living Desert”.
On 12th June 1980 it reopened as the Ritz Roller Disco and this operated until at least 1986. It then became a disco, bar & nightclub. Part of the building was converted into apartments, and the remainder became a bingo club. In recent years it has operated as a restaurant & bar, which closed in 2008. In June 2012 there were plans to convert the building into a social centre.
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