Leisure => Cinema, Theatre, Radio & Filming => Topic started by: numanfan on March 07, 2010, 19:21:14

Title: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: numanfan on March 07, 2010, 19:21:14
What Happened Next?

The Ritz Bingo Hall (formerly the cinema) in 1984

What was the next 'disaster', in the same year?
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: merc on March 07, 2010, 19:46:40
I think i know :)

But i'll let someone else get it...
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: numanfan on March 07, 2010, 19:54:08
I think i know :)

But i'll let someone else get it...

It's ok, there's no prize :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on March 07, 2010, 23:23:51
the scaffolding holding the building up collapsed in the road????
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: man-of-kent on December 04, 2011, 17:06:11
Does anyone remember The Batchellors show at the Ritz? I was there with my parents but can't remember when it was.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: Merv on January 23, 2012, 01:24:24
Not sure of the date, but I am sure one of them got attacked outside by an ex Highfield Pupil.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: man-of-kent on January 23, 2012, 07:19:12
I also remember one of the supporting acts were the Irish brother and sister singers, Elaine and Derek Thompson. He is the same Derek Thompson that now plays Charlie in Casualty.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: CHANTALIAN on April 26, 2012, 21:34:48
How many of you out there remember the restaurant that was located on the first floor of the Ritz, at the front? The only reason I remember was because the manageress was a friend of my Grandmother, although grandma had been dead many years by this time, the early 1960's. I remember going to the restaurant for a meal with  my parents and then going into the cinema for a film. Memory has it that it was "101 Dalmatians". Boy, is this site making the memories come up from the boots.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: smiffy on April 27, 2012, 14:44:21

The Ritz definitely had a restaurant on the first floor. I think I went there once but I would have been very young and only have vague memories of it. It would be nice to see some interior pictures of The Ritz, I seem to remember it was very plush before it was converted.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: Chas on April 28, 2012, 17:35:45
Yes, I too remember the restaurant at the Ritz, I don't think that I ever had a meal there though. Funnily enough, I think my grandmother worked there as well!
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: Barrowboy on April 29, 2012, 12:56:30
The Ritz restaurant was certainly open in 1970. My wife worked in the pathology department of All Saints Hospital at that time and they all went there for their Christmas Dinner.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: Jean on March 15, 2013, 18:30:15
I went to the Ritz Restuarant with my boyfriend (now my husband) to a wedding reception in 1965. It seemed at the time very 'posh'
rather like going out to a London Theatre.  It was a lovely place to go, we are very sad that it has gone.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: LouiseC on March 15, 2013, 20:36:53
There is a new(ish) one there now Jean. Not the same I know but another one all the same  :)
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: mad4amanda on March 18, 2013, 22:22:23
When did the "old" Ritz move from a cinema to a bingo hall or was it always dual purpose ?
I remember picking my mum up from her bingo nights there with my dad in his old morris 1000 prior to 1977.  If I remember rightly she used to win some weird stuff there.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: smiffy on December 09, 2017, 20:35:52
The Ritz was opened in March, 1937 by none other than Jack Buchanan and featured such artists as Billy Cotton and his band, the famous organist Harry Ramsey on the Wurlitzer and even the Dagenham Girl Pipers! The first film shown was "My Man Godfrey" with William Powell and Carole Lombard.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: lutonman1 on June 15, 2018, 11:38:28
I remember the Ritz opening, and the Regent as well, but I was not there, at the opening`s.
The store Allders, was opened by Ernie Wise, the short hairy one, and I was there.
Title: Re: The Ritz Cinema/Bingo Hall, Chatham High St.
Post by: smiffy on June 15, 2018, 13:45:33
This is an interior shot of the beautifully plush restaurant. Not the kind of thing you're likely to find in cinemas these days.