Do you remember the former ABC cinema in Ipswich?

The foyer area of the ABC Cinema in Ipswich. June 1973.

Do you remember the ABC cinema in Ipswich? - Credit: Archant

Over the years cinemas have grown from single screens to massive multiplexes, but do you remember the popular ABC cinema in Ipswich?

Originally built in the Buttermarket in 1937 and called the Ritz cinema, it was renamed the ABC in 1962. 

The first-ever film shown at the ABC cinema was the Three Maxims, which starred Anna Neagle, who also appeared on the opening night to officially open the cinema. 

The cinema also housed a café.

ABC Cinema in Ipswich undergoing alterations to the main screen. March 1973

ABC Cinema in Ipswich undergoing alterations to the main screen in March 1973 - Credit: Archant

The main screen in the Ipswich ABC Cinema. June 1973

The main screen in the Ipswich ABC Cinema in June 1973 after the alterations - Credit: Archant

ABC Cinema in Ipswich undergoing alterations to the main screen. March 1973

ABC Cinema in Ipswich undergoing alterations to the main screen in March 1973 - Credit: Archant

The ABC Cinema manager during its reopening in June 1973.

The ABC Cinema manager during its reopening in June 1973. - Credit: Archant

The iconic Mini Cooper from the Italian Job also paid a visit to the ABC in August 1969. In 1973 major alterations were made to the screens at the cinema.

But just over a decade later, in 1986, the cinema closed its doors for good. It was then demolished a couple of years later. 

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The ABC Cinema projectionist preparing a new roll of film. June 1973.

The ABC Cinema projectionist preparing a new roll of film. June 1973. - Credit: Archant

Celebrations as the final show ended at the ABC Cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich in April 1986. T

Celebrations as the final show ended at the ABC Cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich in April 1986. The building, next to the Ancient House, was demolished in preparation for the building of the Buttermarket Shopping Centre. - Credit: Archive