Cine Ritz

3730 N. Main Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: North Main Theatre

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North Main Theatre

The North Main Theatre was opened on December 25, 1935 with Dick Powell in “Page Miss Glory”. Use to pass this quaint little Streamline Moderne style theatre on my way to and from work and never had a clue of its origins. The theatre had apparently been closed for years prior to the start of my tenure in the area and remained in the same state upon my departure. Later renamed Cine Ritz when it screened Spanish language movies. It is now a church.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

rogerscorpion on November 15, 2006 at 5:36 pm

Cool. Looks just like it did, when I drove by last night.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm

A 1965 view of the North Main Theatre in Houston and a night time view of an attendant working with the marquee lettering.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

A short tour from 1965 of the North Main Theatre in Houston.

sepiatone on September 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

The premier feature at the North Main was “Page Miss Glory” with Dick Powell and Marion Davies. The North Main advertised “modest prices 15-25¢. Children anytime 5¢.”

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

The map view puts you behind the theater, but you can follow the streets around to the front for a more contemporary view. There is also the photo posted on 10/15/08.

EnnisCAdkins on May 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

The picture & map are wrong on this theater. The location you show is 3730 South Main Street, Houston, Texas instead of 3730 North Main Street. The North Main Theater is on the north side of Houston not the south.

Theaterbug on October 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

The above photo is correct. The map location and the description of the theater being near the Museum District are wrong. The theater is north of Woodland Heights near the North Freeway. The building is now a church.

Here’s a link with current and historic photos:

DavidZornig on December 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Name was changed to Cine Ritz Theatre when it began showing Spanish language films, year unknown. Today it houses Mision Cristiana ELIM Church. Street view shows a new facade over the original, and the marquee is gone. Website below. Undated photo as Cine Ritz added also

rivest266 on November 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Opened by Interstate on December 25th, 1935. Grand opening ad posted.

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