The screen at a North Yorkshire cinema will go dark next month as it closes its doors for the final time.

Curzon has confirmed that it will close its Ripon site at the end of the month, leaving the cathedral city without a big screen.

The company blamed “challenging trading conditions” since the end of the pandemic for the closure of the two-screen cinema.

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In a statement posted online Curzon said: “We are saddened to inform you that we will be permanently closing Curzon Ripon on 1 July 2023.

“As a result of the challenging trading conditions since the pandemic, the cinema has not recovered as we would have hoped, and so we have made the difficult decision to close it.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to the Curzon Ripon team, who work tirelessly to ensure you, our customers, have the best experience with us, as well as everyone who has supported us over the years and come together to create a vibrant, welcoming community of film-lovers.

“We hope you will have the chance to say goodbye during the cinema’s final two weeks. It has been a privilege to share great cinema with you, and we hope to continue to do so through our virtual platform Curzon Home Cinema.”

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It is not yet known how many jobs are affected by the closure.

The screens will show their final films on July 1.

Curzon took over the lease to operate the site back in 2013 having struck a deal to bring film back to Ripon 31 years after its last cinema closed.