The Ritz Randwick: Art Deco Icon of the East

This is a photo of the heritage listed Ritz Cinema, one of several heritage listed buildings located at The Spot in the south east of Randwick. It is one of the only cinemas remaining from an era where there were hundreds of community cinemas scattered informing us of world events on a daily basis. Most of which were closed around the 50s due to the introduction of television.

The Ritz was opened on the 12th of July 1937 with a gala opening which included a movie shown in Technicolour. This signalled the start of an innovative life for the Ritz. Over the years the Ritz has laid claim to being the first in Sydney to offer Dolby Stereo sound as well as being one of the first to show midnight til dawn shows in the late 70s, early 80s. It is also reported that it pioneered the now widely known concept of bargain prices on Tuesday nights (i.e. ‘tight a—- Tuesdays’) having first used the concept in 1982.

It’s a striking building and well worth stopping by to see one of the last remaining icons from a different era in the history of cinemas in Sydney.

Sources:

  1. About Us, Ritz Cinema Website, retreived 7 July 2015
  2. Transcript: chronology of the Ritz Theatre, Randwick, Teaching Heritage, retreived 7 July 2015

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