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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