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25th June, 2022.
Thirsk's Ritz Cinema raised £620 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal following the fundraising showings of 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of May. The monies consisted of the proceeds from ticket sales, sale of sweets/ices and quads as well as donations from some supportive customers on entry.
Chairman John Potter commented "It is heartening to see so much support for our fundraiser and I sincerely thank everyone for their commitment to this appeal - the donation is being sent on behalf of the Ritz patrons".
Interestingly in 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' there is a slightly surreal moment when Thirsk and cinema feature. The storyline includes the theme of movie-making on the cusp of the move from 'silent' to 'talkies'. Two of the cast take a trip to Thirsk to see a new film at the cinema, one of two in 'Thirsk'. Unfortunately the visit isn't actually to Thirsk and the cinema isn't actually The Ritz. However, maybe one day........
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