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Initial survey of Lincoln's Ritz cinema project completed

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 19, 2012

  • The Ritz pub in High Street, Lincoln

  • The auditorium which was Screen One

  • The Ritz when it was still a cinema

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This week builders have completed their initial survey of The Ritz and have handed over plans to Off the Bench.

And staff are continuing to meet with a number of big businesses in Lincoln who have come forward to pledge their support to the community project.

Even the city's Tory MP Karl McCartney has visited the site to look over plans and see how the community could benefit from the project.

After visiting the site, Mr McCartney told the Echo that he welcomed the cinema's reintegration into Lincoln's landscape – especially considering the high prices paid by film fans wanting to see the latest releases in Lincoln.

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He said: "I understand The Ritz was a popular venue in its day and I hope it will be once again, especially as a cinema considering the ticket charges we have to pay at the Odeon Cinema in Lincoln.

"I think it is a credit to Pete Genders and the Off The Bench Team that they had the vision and tenacity to move this project to this stage.

"It is great that so many people have stepped forward to volunteer and offer help to bring The Ritz back into use.

"I have some very fond memories of going with friends to a very similar cinema on a Saturday morning in the school holidays in downtown Birkenhead to watch The Cannonball Run. I was surprised at the amount of Maltesers and sweets flying round the auditorium.

"I will obviously keep a keen eye on developments as the project progresses and I believe there will be an event in February before the major renovation works begin, with a formal opening of all the areas in the autumn of this year."

Off the Bench is still urging members of the public to come forward with their opinions or comments on the re-opening of The Ritz.

Anyone willing to volunteer to help with the renovation is asked to get in touch.

Call 01522 837293 for more.


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  • DontBuyTheSun  |  January 20 2012, 11:20PM

    TB789 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to point out my typo. Still, I would imagine that most people understood what I was gerrtin at. (see what I did there?) Maltesers, upper case 'M'. No charge.

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  • mrpdoff  |  January 19 2012, 5:04PM

    Dvd's and blu ray at home, you can keep em,imo you can't compare them to watching an old Bond movie in a proper picture house without the distorted surround sound and the in and out of focus picture that you get at the multiplex.

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  • TB789  |  January 19 2012, 4:39PM

    Don't Buy The Sun, I think you may have one too many negatives in your first sentence. I'm also pretty sure that films do benefit from being shown. Imagine - yeah, I did. Sounds dreadful and to be avoided. You must really like maltesers.

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  • DontBuyTheSun  |  January 19 2012, 12:21PM

    There are some fantastic 'old films that would not benefit from not being shown in a multi-plex type cinema. Imagine the fun of turning up at The Ritz for a themed evening of film noir, childhood classics (inc the early Disneys, Rocky Horror, Music/Band movies. Or late night horror classic seasons, theres loads of scope for alternatives to Odeon big budget films. You could of course watch them on DVD at home, but where would the Malteser throwing stranger sit? Retro, its the way forward!

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  • TB789  |  January 19 2012, 11:51AM

    Having been very scornful of the project so far, I spent 10 seconds on google and found this: http://tinyurl.com/7m4993u Quite convincing guidance, advice and sample documents for a cinema project. In fact any idiot could put a convincing proposal together using it (no implication intended). Whilst I agree that home cinema, DVD and Blu-ray rentals have affected the market since the cinema closed, it did occur to me that the University has also blossomed in the interim. If (and it is an if) students were attracted to the venue and it could compete on quality, it may stand a chance. However, there is still delivery and hard cash needed and if the Odeon was losing trade it would make it's prices more competitive, particularly I suspect at off-peak times to attract students. I hope On The Bench succeed, if only to make the Odeon reduce it's prices. Less talk more action please.

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  • Lincsl200  |  January 19 2012, 11:20AM

    I bet theres a sharp intake of breath when they see the cost of redeveloping the old audatorium to conform to the latest building regs...... I might have missed something, as its been a while since I read anything about this. But where is the money coming from to fund the project? I cant imagine that cinema seating is cheap? Let alone the cost of the high quality projectors and surround sound equipment required to create a viewing experience on par with the Odeon? I know the Odeon isnt cheap, but the quality of the productions is very good (Full HD and Dolby Digital) That sort of kit doent come cheap and with Blu-ray Discs and home cinema systems being so easily avaliable now adays will people want to go to a cinema that doesnt offer the latest viewing experience?

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