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The Ritz Cinema

The Ritz CinemaIndependent Cinema

76b King Street
DE56 1QA

Opening Times

Monday - Friday
10.00 - 1200
17.30 - 22.00

The Public Hall was built in 1882 for a cost of £3,500 under the proprietorship of The Public Hall Company. This municipal building was used as a court, library, theatre and meeting hall.

In 1919, the hall first opened its doors as a cinema with rear projection.
In 1935 The Ritz was turned into a ‘proper’ cinema by Haines Builders, the floor was raked and a balcony created, the cinema could now seat over 500 people in comfort. At this time The Ritz was one of two cinemas in Belper, the other being The Palace at the bottom of King Street, both were owned by the same proprietor, the Morley family.

It has been recalled that people were so fond of cinema that they would go to see one film at The Ritz and then catch another straight after at The Palace.

In 1971 the cinema converted from one large auditorium to a smaller two-screen venue. Star Cinemas took over ownership and following a nationwide trend, converted the stalls into a bingo hall and the balcony into two 75-seat screens. Another change of ownership to Silverline and with national audience cinema attendance figures falling, the cinema went into a steady decline. In October 1991 the last two films were shown, and the doors closed on The Ritz for the last time …

We only have one old photo of The Ritz at the moment, from 1952, year of the coronation, courtesy of Michael Morris (Morris Collection), if you have any more, interior or exterior please get in touch.

Top Movies at The Ritz Cinema to look forward too
Please contact The Ritz Cinema for booking. Tel: 01773 822224
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    PG | 2hrs 21min

    Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd

    The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

  • Frozen II
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    Frozen II

    PG | 1hr 43min

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

    Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

  • Jumanji: The Next Level
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    Jumanji: The Next Level

    PG | 2hrs 3min

    Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

    In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.

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