Ritz Theater

531 West Main Street,
Sylva, NC 28779

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The Ritz Theater in Sylva, NC opened in 1942. The Ritz Theater was twinned around 1970, and closed in 1982. It has been demolished and the site is now a parking lot.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2008 at 10:25 am

This theater was open prior to 1943. A 1942 photo of the Ritz can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

This is another 1983 photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

This web page (which I believe you need a Google account to see) says that the Ritz Theatre was twinned. This was probably done around 1970, when the building was remodeled, losing its sleek, Streamline Modern Vitrolite to a skin of that fake stone which was so popular during that architecturally challenged decade. The Ritz closed in 1982, a couple of years after the Quin Theaters opened in the East Sylva Shopping Center.

The page has a downloadable digital model of the Ritz which you can apparently print out, cut, and assemble. I haven’t bothered to do so as I don’t have a printer.

Here is a photo of the Ritz from September 3, 1942, with a group of Army recruits posing in front of it.

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