The former Central Beach Cinema is situated on Blackpool's Central Promenade and opposite the Central Pier. The Theatre opened on the 17th of May 1912 as a Cinema with Stage facilities but has had a checkered history.
In the 1920s the Theatre was renamed the Trocadero Cinema.
In 1927 the Trocadero closed but was then taken over by the local chain, Flyde Cinemas, and was put into use as a Cinema with occasional variety shows live on its stage. However, this venture didn't last long and it closed again in 1929.
The Theatre was later taken over by Union Cinemas and reopened as 'The Ritz' on the 23rd of June 1935 with a showing of the film 'Dames'.
In 1937 the Cinema was taken over by an independent operator but closed again in 1939.
In 1947 the Cinema reopened as the 'New Ritz Cinema' under control of Flyde Cinemas again, but was closed in 1971 when it was converted into a cafe with a disco in the basement.
The former Central Beach Cinema is today in use as an amusement arcade.
Some of the information on this page was gleaned from the excellent Cinema Treasures website.
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