LETTER: Cinema demolition is a real tragedy

Hippodrome Cinema Ripley, the monthly whats on guide from February 1935
Hippodrome Cinema Ripley, the monthly whats on guide from February 1935
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I am writing to address my disappointment and objection to the news that the historic Oxford Hippodrome Cinema in Ripley has been given permission to be demolished very soon.

Once again, progress seems to have got in the way of a town’s history and heritage which is a great shame.

John Marshall (my great, great grandfather) who opened the cinema back in 1912 / 1913 was without a doubt one of the greatest businessmen to see Ripley for the opportunities it presented.

The cinema has stood for over 100 years in the centre of the town and whilst currently unused it is a symbol of Ripley’s past which we should be proud of.

Should this building disappear in the near future it will be another part of our past gone forever. The building is responsible for amazing memories for thousands of local people - from it’s time as a theatre, through to cinema, bingo hall and finally nightclub. It brought people into our small town and created stories, friendships and experiences for each and every one.

Of course in a perfect world, it would be amazing to see the cinema returned to it’s former glory as a cinema much like The Ritz Cinema in Belper or even just a traditional style pub with the original fronting.

Whatever it’s future, to think it will simply be torn down is incredibly upsetting.

Rob Lane

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