Ritz Poster, 1947


"My mum worked at the Ritz at the beginning of the war before entering the military. As a young lad I spent summer holidays in Selby and regularly went to the Ritz with my Nan and Great Aunt."


The first cinema in Selby was the Globe (1910-1921). This was followed by The Hippodrome (1917-1955), Central Picture Palace (1913-1966) and The Ritz (1939-1982). The Ritz was the largest of the cinemas seating 879. From the 1960s wrestling and bingo supplemented film nights. In December 1982, shortly after the audience had left, the building was destroyed by fire.