Ritz Theatre

1200 N. Saginaw Road,
Flint, MI 48503

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Firms: Butler & McKenzie

Previous Names: Globe Theatre

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Opened as the Globe Theatre on August 25, 1920 with Pearl White in the feature movie “The White Moll”. Seating was listed at 1,099. The architectural firm for the Globe Theatre was Butler & McKenzie.

There was an earlier Globe Theatre located in the 1100 block of N. Saginaw Road that closed when this Globe Theatre opened.

It became the Ritz Theatre on October 17, 1925 with Claire Windsor in “Souls for Sables” plus vaudeville on the stage. It had been equipped with a Barton 2 manual 6 ranks organ. The Ritz Theatre closed in 1975 and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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William Dakota
William Dakota on July 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I had forgotten about the RITZ. It was close to the Regent. I remember seeing the TARZAN movies there. There were a string of theaters along N. Saginaw Street. The Regent, Ritz, Gem, the Flint and Nortown. I may have missed a few too. Any theaters left are out in the boondocks. I don’t remember much about the interior or the exterior for that matter. The Gem was like a small storefront theatre with a wooden floor. Just glad to see the Ritz name remembered as past Flint history.

William Dakota
William Dakota on July 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I knew there was another one on N. Saginaw Street. THE STAR. I just saw the name in the list of Flint theaters. You could pass them walking up N. Saginaw Street. It too was like a small storefront theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

In the 1920 Flint city directory, the architects are listed as Ernest N. Butler and John MacKenzie. E. N. Butler was listed as the architect of the proposed theater for the Globe Theater Stock Company on Saginaw Road at the foot of Williams Street in the October 25, 1919, issue of The American Contractor. The theater was to be 57x134 feet, one story with balcony.

rivest266 on December 3, 2021 at 10:42 am

The Globe theatre opened on August 25th, 1920, with “The White Moll”. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Closed in 1923 and reopened as the Ritz Theatre on October 17th, 1925. Another ad posted.

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