The Ritzy Cinema Brixton Illustrated Art Printby Eye for London Prints
Ritzy Cinema : Electric Pavilion Brixton.
Stepping out of the busy Brixton station, walking down to the expansive Windrush Square, the Ritzy captivates you with it's characteristic signboard and brilliant old architecture. I moved to Brixton last month, and I'm sure I'm going to be coming here quite often over the next few years!
The Ritzy cinema has stood on the corner of Coldharbour Lane in Brixton for nearly 100 years now. It has outlived competition, survived bombing, and prevailed through the increasing popularity of television.
Opening on 24th March 1911 as the Electric Pavilion, it was designed by architects E.C Homer & Lucas. Like many cinemas of the period, it was fitted with an organ. In 1954 it was renovated by noted cinema architect George Coles who installed cinemascope, and it was renamed "the Pullman" and the organ was removed.
It was later renamed "the Classic" before closure in 1976. After this it was re-invented as "The Little Bit Ritzy", run in collaboration with London Cinema Collective, showing interesting and meaningful double bills, serving delicious home-made cakes. A collaboration between Lambeth Council and the management of the time ensured the cinema's survival, with the facade being rebuilt and restored to near-original condition.
The cinema has been through a lot of tough times but after restoration of the exterior in 1994 and a further four screens with bar and cafe being built alongside (on the site of the WWII bombed Brixton Theatre). Its fortunes have seen a total reverse from the 1970’s when it was nearly demolished.
I wanted to illustrate the present day Ritzy, but also not forgetting the past, the glorious old facade of the Electric Pavilion.
Fine art Giclee Prints on Xpression smooth 300gsm thick paper available. (I love this, as the archival inks enhance the colours, on light texture) Reminds me a bit of the texture of concrete. (see last photo for Giclee texture ref)
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