Ritz Theatre

112 E. Main Cross Street,
Taylorville, IL 62568

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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company

Previous Names: Elks Theatre, New Frisina Theatre

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ELKS (RITZ) Theatre; Taylorville, Illinois.

Opened in 1919 as the Elks Theatre, it was re-named Ritz Theatre in 1933. By the early 1940’s it was operated by the Frisina Amusement Co.

It was renamed the New Frisina Theatre in 1954 and was closed in 1960. The theatre has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on October 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Here is a January 1935 article about a fire at the Ritz:

dougq on June 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The Ritz Theater was located here at around 112 EAST Main Street in Taylorville. I believe it was destroyed by fire at one point in its history, then rebuilt. It fell out of use sometime in the 1960’s and was torn down in the late 60’s-early 70’s and the theater and adjoining store fronts were made into a city parking lot. I was too young to attend movies there, but my mother worked there at sometime in her youth and told stories about how rat infested it was as patrons would complain about rats running across their feet as they were watching movies.

Chris1982 on June 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

This theatre was located at 112 E. Main Cross St., not 112 S. Main St.

rivest266 on September 23, 2023 at 7:36 am

Opened on November 16th, 1905. Grand opening ad posted.

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