Ritz Theater

486 W. Main Street,
Sylva, NC 28779

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Styles: Art Deco

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Ritz Theater

The Ritz Theater in Sylva, NC opened in 1942. The Ritz Theater was twinned around 1970, and closed in 1982. It has been demolished and the site is now a parking lot.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This web page (which I believe you need a Google account to see) says that the Ritz Theatre was twinned. This was probably done around 1970, when the building was remodeled, losing its sleek, Streamline Modern Vitrolite to a skin of that fake stone which was so popular during that architecturally challenged decade. The Ritz closed in 1982, a couple of years after the Quin Theaters opened in the East Sylva Shopping Center.

The page has a downloadable digital model of the Ritz which you can apparently print out, cut, and assemble. I haven’t bothered to do so as I don’t have a printer.

Here is a photo of the Ritz from September 3, 1942, with a group of Army recruits posing in front of it.

happy4penguins on November 29, 2023 at 8:10 pm

The modern address for this site is 486 W Main Street

happy4penguins on November 29, 2023 at 8:13 pm

Livingston Kelley, who owns Livingston Photo a few blocks away from the old Ritz Theater told me that as soon as the theater was torn down, “All the rats in Ritz relocated to the Livingston Photo basement”

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