Ritz Ballroom, Kings Heath

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Ritz Ballroom
The Ritz
Ritz Ballroom Kings Heath.jpg
The building in February 2012
Location York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°26′05″N 1°53′37″W / 52.43463°N 1.89355°W / 52.43463; -1.89355Coordinates: 52°26′05″N 1°53′37″W / 52.43463°N 1.89355°W / 52.43463; -1.89355
Owner Joe and Mary Regan
Construction
Demolished 27 March 2013 (2013-03-27) (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.[1]

Operated by Joe Regan and his wife Mary, the venue used a former cinema.[1] Acts which appeared there included The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.[1][2]

In March 2013, the building, by then used as shop, was destroyed by fire.

The Regans[edit]

The Regans - known as "Ma and Pa Regan"[3] - operated three other concert venues in the area:[1]

Mary was responsible for selecting and booking the acts.[1] She was also a PE teacher at Coleshill.[1] At the time of Joe's death, in 2004 aged 92.,[1] the couple had two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.[1]

Building history[edit]

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.[4]

In the early hours of 27 March 2013, the building was destroyed by fire,[4] caused by an electrical fault.[5] The remaining walls were demolished in January 2015.[5]

Notable Performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dayani, Alsion (2004-12-09). "man who brought Beatles to Brum". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Authi, Jasbir (2012-02-13). "Residents want walk of fame in Kings Heath". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Walk of Fame for King's Heath". Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Authi, Jasbir (2013-03-27). "Kings Heath High Street closed as fire crews tackle blaze at Cash Converters store which once played host to The Beatles". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Authi, Jasbir (15 January 2015). "Kings Heath Ritz Ballroom is being demolished". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Miles, Barry; Mabbett, Andy (1994). Pink Floyd the visual documentary (Updated ed.). London :: Omnibus,. ISBN 0-7119-4109-2.