Ritz Theatre

401 S. Main Street,
Big Spring, TX 79720

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Previously operated by: Rowley United Theatres Inc.

Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

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Ritz Theater© Big Spring TX / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

The Ritz Theatre was opened in November 1928. This was the showcase theatre for Big Spring, back when that mean’t anything. Time has not been kind to the building. The current owners have covered the ground floor façade with shiny grey tiles that look like they came from a bathroom. The lobby was more tastefully done, but there’s none of the original left.

There is no marquee left, indeed there is nothing at all either mounted or written on the theatre except for three cheap poster boxes. The original façade is a little over three stories, and now at least is fairly plain, although there are lions mounted along the roof. All but one window has been bricked up. The rear of the theatre still proclaims it ‘West Texas’ Finest Theatre', and advertises the Vitaphone system. By 1957 it was operated by Rowley United Theatres Inc.

Apparently some restoration work was carried out in 2008, but it was closed by early-2010.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

vitonet on May 7, 2009 at 1:22 am

I remember my parents taking me to see movies at this theater in the early 80s when I was a little boy and lived in the area. I remember seeing the re-release of Snow White and I think Superman 3 at this theater.

As a side note, the last time I was in Big Spring, about 1999, the theater was open and I think the marquee was still in place. I saw Carrie 2 there at a late night show. haha *If you want a more updated view of it, google street view as what looks to be a pretty recent shot of it.

rivest266 on August 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Yes, it does, Thanks Vitonet. It looked much better in 1984.

phil79886 on February 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

My grandfather was the Robb who built the ritz, unforunitly I was never able to meet him, due to his untimely death. If you know anything about him or the theater please contact me

phil79886 on February 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

That is what I am afraid of…… I am trying to contact Don Snyder right now. I think today I might go out to Big Spring and check out the old place. I would just really like to get into the place. I contacted the chamber of commerce to try and find out who the owner is.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

From the 1980s a photo of the Ritz Theater in Big Spring.

dallasmovietheaters on December 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Chains included Hughes-Franklin and Robb & Rowley (R&R)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

The October 29, 1933, issue of the Big Spring Daily Herald said that Robb & Rowley’s Ritz Theatre would celebrate its 5th anniversary week from October 29 through November 5. Unfortunately, issues of the newspaper from 1928, the year the Ritz opened, are not yet available online.

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