Ritz Theatre

3820 14th Avenue,
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Previously operated by: Brotman, M. B. & A

Architects: Benjamin A. Horn

Previous Names: New Ritz Theater

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The New Ritz Theater was located on 14th Avenue at 38th Street, and opened on February 20, 1942 with Victor McLaglen in “Broadway Limited” & Billy Lee in “Reg'lar Fellas”. It was a replacement for an earlier Ritz Theatre located across 14th Avenue, also operated by Isadore Brotman. In 1945, according to the Film Daily Yearbook, the theatre had 500-seats and was still open. It closed around 1950 and was converted into apartments.

There is a plumbing business at this address today, but I’m unsure if it’s in the theater building or a new structure.

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renseema on August 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

The Ritz was owned and operated by Isadore Brotman, my grandfather. My mother worked at the theater and ran the soda/ice cream bar. It is located near Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. They ran specials for the college students so they could view movies for a nickel or a dime. IT was the place where many romances began, some even ending in marriage!
It was closed and renovated into an apartment building. It is still standing. Up until about 8 – 10 years ago it housed a beauty salon in the front of the building.
The unique thing about the theater was the “cry room”. This was a place mothers could go to watch a movie if their children or babies began crying. They watched, the child was comforted, and everyone watched in peace and quiet not to bother the other patrons.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Boxoffice reported on June 5, 1952, that the Ritz was being converted into 19 apartments. It was just one of half a dozen quad cities theaters that had recently been closed, according to Boxoffice. The others were the LeClaire and Hiland in Moline, the Majestic in East Moline, the Spencer in Rock Island, and the Iowan in Bettendorf, Iowa.

dallasmovietheaters on June 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Isadore Brotman launched the New Ritz Theatre on February 20, 1942 with “Broadway Limited” and “Reg'lar Fellas.” Brotman replaced the former Ritz Theatre across the street which had launched previously on November 3, 1935 with the film, “Caliente.” It closed February 19, 1942 with “You’ll Never Get Rich.”

Architect was Benjamin A. Horn.

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