1721 2nd Avenue N.,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Ritz Cinerama
News About This Theater
- Mar 17, 2013 — “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements
- Nov 18, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Ben-Hur"
The Ritz Theatre opened on August 16, 1926 with Buddy Rogers in “More Pay Less Work” and five acts of Orpheum-Keith Vaudeville on the stage. Seating 1,800 it was equipped with a theatre pipe organ. The Ritz Theatre was built and operated by Interstate Amusement Co. It became part of the RKO Circuit by 1932 and was later operated by Paramount.
The Ritz Theatre was remodeled in 1962 and reconfigured for Cinerama. It became the Ritz Cinerama at that time. 3-strip Cinerama played from June 1962 through November 1963. It then went back to regular feature presentations until it closed in 1977. It also got its old name back, Ritz Theatre. It has since been demolished.
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