New cinema opens in Ripon today

Assistant manager James Hare tests one of the projectors before today's big opening. (GL 4272)
Assistant manager James Hare tests one of the projectors before today's big opening. (GL 4272)
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After more than 30 years the silver screen is returning to Ripon with the opening of the Curzon Cinema on North Street.

The seventh picture house in the independent chain’s portfolio, the venue opens to the public today with the screening of the National Theatre’s live performance of Frankenstein at 6.15pm.

Films begin tomorrow with the showing of Philomena, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.

Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon World, said: “Ripon is a beautiful cathedral city and Curzon Cinemas couldn’t be more pleased to be opening a new cinema for the local community.

“We will programme a variety of the best new film releases alongside a vibrant restaurant, café and bar that we hope will become a 
regular destination for a discerning audience.”

The cinema – based at the former Abbott’s furniture store – boasts two screens with the bar located in the downstairs cellar.

The cinema will offer private hire, special events and promises more live events from the National Theatre as well as Met Opera.

Ripon has been without a cinema since 1982 when The Palladium closed its doors on Kirkgate. It was subsequently converted to a nightclub, now occupied by The Matrix.