Ritz Theatre

3820 14th Avenue,
Rock Island, IL 61201

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The Ritz Theatre was located on 14th Avenue at 38th Street, and opened in 1938. In 1945, according to the Film Daily Yearbook, the theater sat 250 and was still open. It closed around 1950.

There is a plumbing business at this address today, but I’m unsure if it’s in the theater building or a new structure.

Any additional information on the Ritz would be appreciated.

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renseema
renseema on August 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The Ritz was owned and operated by Isadore Brotman, my grandfather. My mother worked at the theater and ran the soda/ice cream bar. It is located near Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. They ran specials for the college students so they could view movies for a nickel or a dime. IT was the place where many romances began, some even ending in marriage!
It was closed and renovated into an apartment building. It is still standing. Up until about 8 – 10 years ago it housed a beauty salon in the front of the building.
The unique thing about the theater was the “cry room”. This was a place mothers could go to watch a movie if their children or babies began crying. They watched, the child was comforted, and everyone watched in peace and quiet not to bother the other patrons.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Boxoffice reported on June 5, 1952, that the Ritz was being converted into 19 apartments. It was just one of half a dozen quad cities theaters that had recently been closed, according to Boxoffice. The others were the LeClaire and Hiland in Moline, the Majestic in East Moline, the Spencer in Rock Island, and the Iowan in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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