The Ritz cinema as seen from Union Street.
I can recall going here when I was a small child and can remember even now it was considered more a treat to go to the Ritz than the Theatre Royal. I am sure I saw Mary Poppins here... Hyde saw the loss of the Ritz when it closed for good on Tuesday August 13th 1968. The last film to be shown was a 1963 film aptly called “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, starring Spencer Tracy, Micky Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry Thomas... and many more well known names. The fact the film was five years old says a lot... it might of ended on a laugh but I remember it was a sad day for Hyde when the choice was gone. My mum had worked in one or two picture houses and always had an interest in films.. I recall her saying it was a shame.
I could not have updated this post if it was not for information I gleamed from a scan I was sent, it came from a book called The History Of The Theatres & Cinemas Of Tameside, by David Owen. By all accounts a 'must read' book for anyone with a fondness for local history.
We would still like to add more to this post by including a picture of two of the Ritz... so please get in touch if you think you can help with this request.