Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

320 E. 6th Street,
Austin, TX 78701

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The Ritz Theatre was opened October 13, 1929 and was independently operated by Jay J. Hegman. In July 1937 it was expanded into already existing space to the plans of architect Hugo Kuehne, which increased the seating capacity to 800. The Ritz Theatre operated through to beyond 1950. In the early 1970’s it was operating as an adult theatre. New operators took over in 1974 and it played a mix of movies, live theatre and live music. A local theatre group Centre Stage called the Ritz Theatre their home for a while.

The former Ritz Theatre reopened on November 1, 2007 after extensive renovations to the plans of architectural firm Weiss Architecture. Quentin Tarantino was on hand for its debut as the newest star in the Alamo Drafthouse circuit.

Contributed by Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 15, 2008 at 10:48 am

Here is a blog about the opening dated 10/29/07:
http://tinyurl.com/227lk7

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm

A full view of the Ritz Theater in Austin taken 1990.

ilovethe80s
ilovethe80s on March 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm

On March 30th and 31st, the Ritz theater will present An Audience of One, a hilarious, yet chilling documentary from Mike Jacobs. It looks into the life of a pentacostal minister and his dreams of making a big budget multi-million dollar film. It’s an amazing look into faith and how far it can drive people, and is worth watching.

stevendm
stevendm on May 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

There is a very good wiki page about the Ritz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritz(Austin,Texas))

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Very nice I like it.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Here is a press release announcing the installation of 70mm projectors at this theater and of an upcoming 70mm festival. Bravo!

Giles
Giles on October 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

anyone know what the dimensions of screen #1 is? The 70mm projector is being used (obviously) for the upcoming run of ‘Interstellar’

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

Very nice theater and screen

Texas2step
Texas2step on December 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm

This one originally opened on October 13, 1929.

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