Ritz Theater

1014 E. 180th Street,
Bronx, NY 10460

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I’ve been told that this theater showed Yiddish language films in the 1930s and ‘40s … and was located in the East Bronx near 180th Street and Vyse Avenue. If I have the name wrong, please correct. Also, would appreciate it if anyone remembers other Bronx theaters that showed Yiddish movies.

Contributed by Joseph Angier

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igh on August 4, 2005 at 11:49 am

As of 1948 it showed third run or lower double features and gave away dishes on Tuesdays(?) and had 18cent matinees with 10 cartoons and 3 serials or shorts and two movies. It had a children’s section with a matron, and kids as young as 8 could go unescorted. A valuable side effect of the theatres low status – unaffiliated with RKO or Loews or any chain – was that it showed older movies that had been out of circulation for a few years… for example, in the late 40s it played Destry Rides Again and Stairway to Heaven. So all, unknowing, we got introduced to some classics there.

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