Ritz Theatre

Atlantic Avenue and S. 6th Street,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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Previous Names: Lyceum, Amelia, Rex

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Ritz Theatre

Located on Atlantic Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street.The white stucco structure, built in 1873, initially severed as a courthouse in the morning hours and a performance hall in the evening. It reeled it’s first motion picture in 1905.

The building was sold and re-sold over the years. It was renamed the Rex Theatre (for movies) in the early-1920’s and called the Amelia Theatre in 1924. Sound movies were first shown after 1934 by which time it was know as the Ritz Theatre. It was sold again and dismantled in 1952.

“Razing of Ritz Theatre building recalls glamorous days of big time show business” from Fernandina Beach (Fla.) News-Leader, February 29, 1952.

Contributed by John Coursey
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