The opening of Gosport’s Ritz cinema

The Ritz, Gosport

The Ritz, Gosport

Not Portsmouth after all, but Kiel, Germany, shortly before the First World War.

Zeppelin led us up the harbour path... to northern Germany

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On March 4, 1935, a large crowd gathered in Walpole Road, Gosport, for the opening of the Ritz cinema.

It was hailed as one of the most luxurious in the country boasting 1,000 ultra-comfrotable seats and an excellent restaurant in which patrons could enjoy a three-course meal for 1s 6d (8p).

In its first year more than 500,000 people visited the Ritz. Lost property comprised more than 5,000 items including: one live baby, a pig’s trotter, one set of false teeth, two rabbits (dead) and more than 1,000 gloves.

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