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The Ritz
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The Ritz

Originally known as the flea pit this is the Ritz. This photo was kindly donated by Merlin Cinemas. The Ritz later became Mecca bingo hall and later taken over by Rank Bingo. Today it is in private ownership.
Knew Russell Pengelly very well, he was an electrician with the electricity board, also a staunch member of Parade Street Chapel.
 
I remember that song! I went to ABC Minors every Saturday morning!

Trying to remember the words!

We are the boys and girls well known as Minors of the ABC
And every Saturday we line up to share the films and songs
And shout aloud with glee.

De da de da de da de da da (forgot that bit!)
Oh a merry bunch are we
We're all pals together
We're Minors of the ABC!

Happy days!
 
Nothing wrong with your memory cells ..
From BFI website ..
(tune of ‘Blaze Away’)
We are the boys and girls well known as
Minors of the ABC
And every Saturday we line up
To see the films we like
And shout aloud with glee
We love to laugh and have a singsong
Such a happy crowd are we
We’re all pals together
The minors of the ABC
 
The building remains in private owndership for now, but the Ritz is actually run by a charitable foundation who are attempting to restore the building to its former art deco glory. The idea is to use the building as a community/arts/entertainment venue.
 
We are the boys and girls well known as Minors of the ABC And every Saturday all line up To see the films we like and shout aloud with glee We like to have a laugh and sing-song Happy boys and girls are we We're all pals together We're minors of the ABC
 
I once won a fancy dress comp at the Ritz dressed as Zorro............ my cousins threatened everyone who didnt vote for me, lol
 

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