We’re lucky to have a Diamond As Big As The Ritz

As the dark nights close in what could be better than an evening at the Ritz Cinema, in Belper.

You can snuggle down on one of the comfy sofas with a bottle of wine and lose yourself to the big screen. No matter that the film I saw last night turned out to be hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Even if the film on the screen is not an Oscar-winner just being at the Ritz is pleasure enough.

To be fair I wasn’t expecting much from The Sweeney so when it turned out to be implausible and very silly I just found myself giggling insanely and enjoying it regardless of the ludicrous plot.

Ray Winstone’s macho detective Jack Regan was at first entertaining but by the end I was seeing him for what he was – an overweight, middle aged, thug, lacking the charm of Gene Hunter in Life On Mars. Had it been set in the 1970s this film may have seemed more realistic but the far too frequent car chases and shoot ’em ups just don’t belong to this century.

Unlike the Ritz Cinema of course which, although dating back to the 19th century, is very much part of our lives now. The  former public hall built in 1882 has been used as a court, library, theatre and meeting hall. It wasn’t until 1919 that the hall first opened its doors as a cinema.

In 1935 The Ritz was turned into a ‘proper’ cinema and then in 1971 the cinema converted from one large auditorium to a smaller two-screen venue as the stalls were converted into a bingo hall. It eventually closed in 1991 but was reopened by Amanda Mundin and Neil Roberts in 2006.

The hard work they have put into the business has meant that we have a fantastic independent cinema in Derbyshire which is the envy of many other counties.

See what other people have to say about it on trip advisor. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g499573-d2665607-Reviews-Ritz_Cinema-Belper_Derbyshire_England.html

I will be back next week to see Lawless with one of my favourite actors Gary Oldman so I am expecting a great night -and yes I have booked a sofa already.