Ritz Theater

1302 Noble Street,
Anniston, AL 36204

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

The Anniston Star of Sunday, April 7, 1918, ran several pages about the Lyric Theatre, which was set to open with a matinée program of Keith vaudeville the following day. The paper included a full-page all-text ad which read

R. L. Benz Supervising Architect ANNISTON, ALA. Designed and Built the Lyric Theatre
Here is a photo of the stage tower with ghost signs reading Lyric Theatre and Keith Vaudeville.

Frank Cullen’s Vaudeville Old and New lists a Fox-Lyric Theatre at Anniston as a house on the Keith vaudeville circuit, but with no dates for its operation, so it’s possible that William Fox had control of the theater for a while.

The “New Theaters” column of the February 16, 1927, issue of The Film Daily said “Earl R. Collins has opened the New Lyric” at Anniston, Alabama. Apparently, the “new theaters” listed in the magazine were not always brand new, but merely under new management.

drnono
drnono on September 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

Hi, I don’t believe the Ritz closed in 1955. I was in the Ritz circa 1967 when the ceiling collapsed. There were about 50 people watching Dr No in the afternoon. I believe it was in the fall and there was a parade outside at the time. It was thought the vibrations from the parade contributed to the collapse. No one died. If anyone knows anything of this, please leave a comment. I was trying to find the date. But don’t tell anyone- I was skipping school that day!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 7, 2007 at 11:54 am

Some of the other links expired so here is another photo of the Lyric Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

This is a vintage photo of the Lyric Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 10, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Here is another recent photo of the former Lyric/Ritz.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on October 2, 2006 at 7:26 pm

Here through here are six photos from September 2006 of what remains of the former Lyric/Ritz Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 5, 2006 at 4:07 pm

The former Lyric/Ritz theater is on the National Register of Historic Places:

Lyric Theatre ** (added 1980 – Building – #80000681)
Also known as Ritz Theatre
1302 Noble St., Anniston
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 10, 2006 at 8:27 pm

There is a picture of the Ritz, aka Lyric, on this page:
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