Ritz Ballroom, Kings Heath
The building in February 2012
|Location||York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom|
|Owner||Joe and Mary Regan|
|Demolished||27 March 2013(by fire)|
The Ritz Ballroom in York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, was a 1960s music venue, known for the number of artists it hosted, who went on to become international successes, especially those on the roster of Brian Epstein.
In March 2013, the building, by then used as shop, was destroyed by fire.
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Mary was responsible for selecting and booking the acts. She was also a PE teacher at Coleshill. At the time of Joe's death, in 2004 aged 92., the couple had two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Originally opened as the Ideal Cinema, the building then became a snooker hall, before reopening as The Ritz Ballroom. Some time in the late 1960s or 1970s, the Regans converted the premises into a bingo hall, after which it was derelict for some years. Its final use was as a Cash Converters shop.
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