Ritz Theatre

243 6th Street,
Las Animas, CO 81054

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The Ritz Theatre was opened prior to 1941. It had closed by the late-1950’s, but reopened in 1960.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on October 10, 2007 at 5:28 pm

The competition has a few photos of the Ritz as well.

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Here is another 1983 photo:

Here is a more recent photo:

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I am sad to report that as of July 11th, 2010, the Ritz along with the historic hotel next door, have been demolished. I am told that this was done in late 2009. A group formed to try to save it but failed. Now, Las Animas’s historic downtown now has a huge, gaping hole in it…that is what they call progress!

Status Must Be Changed To “DEMOLISHED”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Dark for the ages,says it all in those pictures.Thanks for the photos and sad news,Tony.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

It was owned and operated by a man named Don Trujillo as of 1984 (this information came from Bob Tankersley’s theater directory that year)

MichaelKilgore on November 23, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Motion Picture Daily, March 24, 1960: “James and Jack McMillion, operators of the Variety Theatre, Akron, Colo., have acquired the closed Ritz Theatre, Las Animas, Colo., and will reopen it on April 15.”

MichaelKilgore on April 23, 2020 at 9:38 am

Boxoffice, Sept. 25, 1948: “C. E. McLaughlin, owner of the Ritz at Las Animas, Colo., is adding to his wealth via a gusher in the oil fields of Oklahoma. McLaughlin owns an eighth interest. But he says he will watch his expenses as much as ever and that he will continue to operate his theatre since it now, more than ever before, will become his hobby.”

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