SK4641 : Ritz Bingo, South Street

taken 1 year ago, near to Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Ritz Bingo, South Street
Ritz Bingo, South Street
A classic example of a 1930s cinema, in Art Deco style. Designed by R G W Cooper of Nottingham, a noted cinema architect, and taking inspiration from Odeon cinemas of the period with the tall fin, it opened in 1939. Mainly brick, but the frontage is, typically of the period, finished in ceramic tiles and mouldings LinkExternal link . It became a bingo hall in 1968, but retains most of its original interior decoration, and is Listed Grade II. At some point in the 1980s the then owner proposed to remove the top of the fin from this building as it was "of no architectural interest". This was before the building was Listed, but fortunately the planning application for this was dismissed.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 28 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 2 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 20th Century 
Date (from Tags)
Style (from Tags)
Art Deco 
Building Material (from Tags)
Brick and Terracotta 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4650 4159 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.1795N 1:18.5436W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4648 4161
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Bingo Hall  Former Ritz Cinema  Grade II Listed 

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