Performing arts centers planned for former bakery building in Carteret

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

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CARTERET, NJ — Almost 50 years as a clothing factory and bakery, the Ritz Theater will entertain more. Plans are in the works to restore the theatre and show live performances. No timeline is set but the plan is to have live performances.

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markp
markp on April 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

Would love for this to happen. My father was a projectionist here from after WW2 in the 40’s all the way up till it closed in the mid 60’s. Perhaps I will be fortunate enough to get a job as a stagehand here if it were to happen.

walterk
walterk on April 9, 2014 at 12:02 am

I’m pretty excited at the idea of the Ritz coming back to life, I grew up a few blocks from it and saw many movies there between the mid 50’s and when it closed in early 1965. I developed an early fascination with things theatre that led to a career as a stagehand, some of that fascination came from the Ritz. Too bad I live on the west coast and will have retired by time this project is complete, or I’d apply for a position. I was inside of the building a few years after it was closed, virtually none of the interior architecture was harmed in its transformation to a clothing factory. It should look fantastic when restored. Kudos to my hometown for making the Ritz the centerpiece of its downtown renewal project. I look forward to attending some events after it reopens when I’m in the area visiting relatives.

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