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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2005 at 10:05 pm

The address for this Ritz theater was:
1014 E 180th St
Bronx, NY 10460

This theater was also known as the Art theater and then the Yiddish Art theater. Status should be Closed/Demolished.

igh on August 4, 2005 at 2:49 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2005 at 5:54 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 606 Style 170SP was installed in the Ritz Theater on 11/28/1922.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 5:41 pm

FACTORY USURPS THEATRE; Old Ritz in the Bronx Leased by Lamp Manufacturer

NY Times January 29, 1952

The Ritz motion picture theatre at 1018 East 180th Street has been leased by I. Hofferman & Sons, lamp manufacturers and will be converted to factory use. The theatre, erected in 1922, contains about 14,000 square feet of floor space. It has been unused for the past year.

An adjoining unused open-air theatre was leased from the owners of the Ritz theatre by Stanley Bindler who will use it for a parking lot.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm

This is a photo of the Ritz Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Here is a new link to the photo posted on Jun 3, 2008.

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