I’m reblogging a post from 26th April 2012, 9 months ago. The view is unchanged!! Today in Tunbridge Wells we can pop into a oneday pop up shop for “So Create A Difference” (In Royal Victoria Place, next to Thorntons) and have a say on our thoughts for town-planning….

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Ritz cinema and Beechings Bank.

This has been the view from Trinity Theatre in Church Road for several years now.

The building in the background is Lloyds Bank, but was originally Beechings Bank. The row of shops and flats next to the bank lead down the hill to Tunbridge Wells Railway station. The Ritz cinema in the foreground was opened in 1934. The site had previously been residential, with first Belvedere House and then Parham House. Below the 1,600 seater cinema were 15 retail units, possibly the most famous being the newsagents next door. The cinema had many names during it’s life, lastly becoming the ABC in 1996, and closing in October 2000. Many of the shops continued trading for a while, and it is only recently the hoardings have gone up. The current owners have now asked a number of companies to submit formal tenders for the demolition work, and I’m sure visitors to…

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