The Electric Pavilion opened on 11 March 1911 and was one of England's earliest purpose-built cinemas, seating over 750 in its grand auditorium. It was seen as a 'scruffy relation' to the nearby Palladium and was known as the 'flea pit'.
In 1976 the cinema closed and came close to demolition. However, collaboration between Lambeth Council and the management saw the venue reopen as an arts cinema with the name Little Bit Ritzy, from which the present name is derived. In 1994 four screens, a bar and a café were added.
Today the cinema is a popular and much-loved destination for film-lovers at the heart of a bright and bustling Brixton scene. The Ritzy's Edwardian exterior and main auditorium remain intact and stand as an impressive example of early cinema architecture.
The downstairs restaurant-bar offers a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, while Upstairs at the Ritzy is a live events venue that's a well-known and well-loved cultural hub for Brixton.
Retired Member £11.50
Student Member £11.50
Retired Member £11.10
Student Member £11.10
Retired Member £8.50
Student Member £8.50
Retired Member £5.70
Student Member £5.70
There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction for telephone and online bookings. This fee does not apply to Picturehouse Members, or to tickets purchased in person at the cinema.
3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses. These cost an additional 70p and can be purchased at the cinema if you do not have your own.
*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.
Tickets for Discover and Vintage Sundays screenings are £5 for Members (£8 general admission).
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The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 2, 3, 35, 45, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 322, 345, 355, P4, P5, N2, N3, N35, N37, N109.
The nearest train station is Brixton Railway Station (5-minute walk).
The nearest tube station is Brixton (2-minute walk, Victoria line).
For parking information please visit lambeth.gov.uk.