Lincoln's Wetherspoons pub The Ritz to re-open as cinema after 15 years
The Ritz cinema is set to re-open for the first time in 15 years.
The cinema, in Lincoln’s High Street, originally opened in 1937 and was a hub for entertainment in the city.
But it closed down in 1996 and was opened as a Wetherspoons pub two years later, occupying the foyer and stalls area.
Now, Lincoln-based voluntary organisation Off The Bench has announced it will breathe new life into the cinema and bring back a beloved historical treasure.
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It is hoped the cinema, which is currently derelict and adjoining on to the Wetherspoons pub, will be open to the public by the end of the year.
As well as showing classic films, the cinema will show the latest Hollywood blockbusters. It will also show foreign films and have special themed nights for the biggest movie franchises such as Twilight and Rocky Horror.
Tickets will be priced at £4.50 per person and £3.50 for concessions. Although themed nights and other special occasions may be more expensive.
Pete Genders, chief executive officer for Off the Bench, said: “We had been looking at ways to tackle the levels of crime and antisocial behaviour and to bring the migrant community and the local community together and break down the social barriers between these two groups.
“We started the discussion about a community venue for Park ward and we all fondly remembered The Ritz as a cinema and recounted how many hours of our childhoods were spent in the cinema itself.
“We then discovered that although JD Wetherspoons had opened a public house down stairs, the upper floors remained empty and in various levels of decay. An idea to bring the cinema back to life was formed.”
See Thursday's Echo for a more in-depth report, analysis and opinions on the cinema plans.