Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
320 E. 6th Street,
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Previously operated by: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Firms: Weiss Architecture
Previous Names: Ritz Theatre
News About This Theater
- Aug 18, 2012 — Alamo Drafthouse's Ritz Theater installs 70mm equipment and announces 70mm festival
- Nov 7, 2007 — Ritz Theater opens for business
The Ritz Theatre was opened October 13, 1929 with Bert Lytell in “The Lone Wolf’s Daughter” 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. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas declared bankruptcy on March 3, 2021 and announced the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz would be closed permanently.
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