What seems like only a few years ago members of the Wallsend public would have been having a bite to eat at home before heading out to play a game of Bingo or two.
Before that even (pre-1962 cinema at the Ritz) they might have been getting ready to go and see a new cinema release
The Ritz Cinema was renamed and transformed into the” Mecca Bingo Hall in 1962 but the bingo club was eventually closed in 2011 and has now been transformed (by Wetherspoon’s) at a cost near to 2 million pounds into a huge new restaurant/public house, once again “officially” called The Ritz.
Though this huge locally iconic building situated on High Street West in Wallsend town centre has obviously undergone some dramatic changes over the years, the new owners have kept some of the memory of the old uses for the building alive, with some quietly spoken touches both inside and outside the building.
The following photo gallery will give you an Idea of the changes that have been made and what you can look forward to when you go for a meal and a drink at the Ritz, Wallsend.