The opening of Gosport’s Ritz cinema

The Ritz, Gosport
The Ritz, Gosport
A delightful look along Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, in Edwardian days when all there was on the road was a bakers van and a stray dog.

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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.