Fox Ritz Theatre

5214 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Fox Ritz Theatre exterior

West Coast Theatres built the Ritz Theatre which opened on October 15, 1926 with Harry Langdon in “The Strong Man”. It was located on Wilshire Boulevard near S. La Brea Avenue, was later operated by Fox West Coast Theatres.

In its later years, it was closed to the public and was used as a reserved film house by Michael Todd. It was also later used as a venue for live theatre and second run films as the Lindy Opera House. A last gasp effort to show vintage films and renamed American Theatre sadly failed and it was closed and converted into a Korean church.

In 1977 the former theatre was demolished and replaced by a parking lot.

Contributed by John Chappell

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

haineshisway on June 21, 2006 at 9:29 am

What a shame he wasn’t successful. Every time I see that parking lot I want to vomit on the ground. I recently attended the Ricardo Montalban Theater (formerly the above-mentioned Huntington Hartford) – what they’ve done there in terms of its “redesign” is also reprehensible, but at least the building is still there.

kencmcintyre on May 25, 2007 at 4:58 pm

True crime in September 1932, as reported (breathlessly) by the LA Times:

Two Bandits Escape With $1000 After Forcing Theater Manager to Open Vault
WILSHIRE FILM HOUSE ROBBED Pair Bind Executive, but Fail to Open Money Box Prisoner Then Freed to Work Combination

Two bandits obtained nearly $1000 from the safe of the Fox Ritz Theater at 5214 Wilshire Boulevard early yesterday after they had forced the manager. M. Spencer Leve, to accompany them from his home, 902 Shenandoah Street, and open the vault, Leve told Wilshire police.

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Here is a 1930 photo from the USC archive:

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 7:47 am

Here is a 1954 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Here is a February 1953 ad from the LA Times:

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Nice ads and photos.

drb on June 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

You can see it as the Lindy Opera House at around the 1:00 minute mark here:

DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Five 1960 Smell-O-Vision related images added, courtesy of Sid Terror’s Haunted Film Vault Facebook page.

meheuck on July 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

In the 1977 sketch comedy film CAN I DO IT…‘TILL I NEED GLASSES, a scene opens outside the theatre, and the marquee is advertising the producers’ previous film IF YOU DON’T STOP IT, YOU’LL GO BLIND. Don’t know if the actual theatre interior was used for the remainder of the sketch.

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