Sher-Ritz Theatre

49 N. Main Street,
Linton, IN 47441

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Previously operated by: Settos Theaters

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Nickelo Theatre

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Sher-Ritz Theatre

The 330-seat Nickelo Theatre was opened on October 11, 1916. By 1931 it had been renamed Sher-Ritz Theatre. It was operated by the Settos Theaters chain. It was listed as (Closed) in the 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

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robboehm on May 11, 2022 at 8:05 am

The Sher-Ritz was located at 49 North Main Street. I’ve uploaded images of four ads that appeared in the Linton Daily Citizen. In the ones for 1938 an ad for the Grand appears. In the ones for 1939 there is an ad for the Cine. There is no ad for the Grand. Despite information on CT it is my belief that the Grand ceased operation when the Cine opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2022 at 10:20 pm

George Settos took over the Sher-Ritz Theatre in 1940, as part of a deal in which he also took the Cine. He had already gotten hold of the Grand. A 1940 Boxofficeitem said that Settos planned to rename the Sher-Ritz simply the Ritz, but that never happened. Instead, the house was closed by sometime in 1942, though it continued to be listed in the FDY as late as 1947 (as the Sheritz.)

The November 4, 1916 issue of Motography said that J. H. Scherer had opened the Nicklo Theatre at Linton on October 11. Another trade journal item I’ve lost track of said that Scherer had moved his operation from another location, and a December 10, 1938 Boxoffice item about the opening of the Cine Theatre said that the Scherer brothers had entered the theater business at Linton 26 years earlier, which would be 1912.

The name Nicklo did not appear in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, but there were five theaters listed at Linton: the Grand Opera House, the Crystal, the Dreamland, the Palace and the Star. One of the latter four might have been the Scherer brothers' first theater, or the Directory might simply have missed listing the Nicklo.

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