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Screening of San Francisco at The Ritz cinema in Lincoln is postponed

By RButcher__LE  |  Posted: February 21, 2012

Marketing and communications officer Mikey Skinner with a poster of San Francisco starring Clark Gable, which was the first film to be shown at the Ritz in Lincoln in 1937.

Comments (0) A special screening at The Ritz cinema in Lincoln to mark its 75th anniversary has been postponed. Hundreds of film fans were expected to pack out the cinema tomorrow night for a screening of San Francisco, starring Academy Award-winning and iconic actor Clark Gable. It would have been the first film screening at the cinema in over 15 years.Earlier this year, volunteer group Off the Bench announced a regeneration project for the much-loved cinema, which has been met with an outpour of support. Tomorrow night would have been the first chance for the public to see inside the cinema since the regeneration was announced and also a chance for Off the Bench to drum up extra funds for the project. Pete Genders, chief executive of Off the Bench, said: “The team have been working tirelessly to ensure that the screening at the venue goes ahead. “However, due to matters out of our control, we have now had to agree that the special event will not be able to take place on this date. “After detailed inspections and due to the current state of the building it means it is not possible for us to allow members of the public to enter the venue at the present time. “However, it is expected that this will be resolved within eight weeks as building works begin to make the building safe.“We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment that this announcement may have caused. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and continued support for the project. “We look forward to welcoming and meeting everyone at the rescheduled event in the very near future and really kick starting the regeneration of The Ritz.”


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  • Otblincs  |  February 21 2012, 7:22PM

    Thanks for all the positive comments guys, everyone at OTB is grateful so many people are behind this project, even TB789 is behind it 100% with always welcome and constructive criticism. We are always happy to receive the kind of criticism TB789 posts, it keeps all 22 members of OTB staff constantly trying to improve the service we offer and gives us all more passion and determination to make sure The Ritz project is a success. Such a great community vibe around this whole project which is fantastic.

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  • camelherder  |  February 21 2012, 5:48PM

    Here we go again another story being dragged into personal snipes from the posties.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  February 21 2012, 4:29PM

    ThornyRay - Take a look at the Scunthorpe Telegraph site, TB789 is on there commenting almost every day too.

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  • Otblincs  |  February 21 2012, 4:04PM

    No worries VictorToo, thanks for your support and comments. As soon as updates become available I'm sure the Echo will let people know. OTB

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  • VictorToo  |  February 21 2012, 3:50PM

    Thank you for the explanation, the article didn't make it clear that it was to be a special showing BEFORE building work started, I got the impression that some renovation work had been carried out but was insufficient, either that or I just read it wrong.

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  • Otblincs  |  February 21 2012, 3:45PM

    It's a real shame we couldn't go ahead tomorrow evening with the San Francisco screening but the safety of the public is paramount and at present it's just not 100% safe to have people in the auditorium, but fear not..... as soon as it is safe everyone, and anyone is welcome to come in and see how we are getting on.

  • Otblincs  |  February 21 2012, 3:30PM

    VictorToo It was a special preview event for people to see the building in its current state before any building work took place, the whole point was for people to see the building as it is now and have an input into the design and the look and feel of the new building. Never fear though as soon as the safety implications have been sorted we are opening the building up to come and see and get involved in the design. This is a community project for the whole community to design and have ownership in so its very important to Off The Bench for people to be able to have the opportunity to see the state of the building and help shape it's future. Thanks as always for your support. OTB

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  • VictorToo  |  February 21 2012, 2:53PM

    The first screening was meant to be tomorrow, yet there's still building work that could take up to eight weeks to be complete. Why did they leave it so late to cancel the showing ?