Ritz Theater

3149 S. Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63118

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Architects: William Lucas

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Juniata Theater

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Ritz Theater

Built in 1910, the Juniata Theater was part of a small independent chain of theaters operated by O.T. Crawford in St. Louis. The theater was was located on South Grand Boulevard next to the Hessleberg Drug Company in the South Grand Business District.

The Ritz Theater, as it was renamed in 1924 when it was taken over by Ansell Brothers, was a fairly narrow theater with a small balcony. The Ritz Theater showed second-run movies. Rather non-descript interior and a very small lobby. The theater was twinned in 1981.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber, Norman Plant, JAlex

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on February 18, 2008 at 3:01 am

Yeesh. I saw a number of films there on my cheap date nights, including “Blue Thunder” with the recently deceased Roy Schieder. The place wasn’t kept very clean, but maybe it was just the sloppy neighborhood kids. I swear a rat ran across my foot there once in 1980. Wasn’t that the southernmost theater on Grand Ave?

JAlex on October 14, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Became a two-screen house December 1981.

And, for Kerry M: No, the Melba was the farthest south theatre on Grand.

JAlex on February 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Final day of operation was March 30, 1986.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on November 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Didn’t Mid-America Theaters run this place for a while in the 70s?

JAlex on November 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Yes, Mid-America operated this theatre from 1962 to 1979.

Frank Scalf
Frank Scalf on August 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I remember when my Grandma died in 86'. She lived on Juniata St for 40 years. We drove up from Nashville and stayed at her house during the funeral. I remember being depressed and walking the few blocks from her house to the RITZ. I never went in, it may have been closed by then. My mom and aunt told me that they used to walk there all the time to see movies as kids.

Mary03 on July 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The weekend that President Kennedy was assassinated, I went to the Ritz and saw “Lawrence of Arabia”. I was 12 years old. There were about 5 other people there that Sunday afternoon. I also saw the first run of the Beatles first movie “A Hard Day’s Night” there. I stayed all day in fact and still have my original ticket that I had to purchase ahead of time. The Ritz was the closest movie house to me as I lived on Juniata Street. I alternated between it, the Shenadoah, Columbia. Avalon and Granada theaters on Sundays.

stillsallman on May 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm

The former site of the Ritz is now a St. Louis city pocket park.

DKD on August 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Would any of you who have posted here happen to have old photos of the houses on 3600 Juniata near the old Ritz Theatre? If so, please contact me at . Thanks!

MitchWolf on July 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm

The Ritz Park (at the theater site) held community events such as Tower Grove Pride Fest in the past

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