Ritz Theater

70 N. Howard Street,
Akron, OH 44308

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Ritz Theater

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The building was built in 1942, and operated as the Ritz Theatre from 1950 to 1955. Local Akron architect M.M. Konarski is credited for work on the building in 1949.

Just barely missing a major spate of urban renewal, the building still anchors what is now the beginning of North Howard Street. Since 1988 it has functioned as the Interbelt night club, one of the most well known (and rumored to be, at least at one point, the largest) gay/lesbian clubs in northeast Ohio. Interestingly enough, it appears to still sport the marquee.

Contributed by Rolling Acres

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ChrisB
ChrisB on September 1, 2006 at 9:25 am

Here’s a photo taken a couple weeks ago:

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(taken from a speeding car; my friends aren’t into theaters!)

richhd5
richhd5 on December 5, 2006 at 4:52 am

No one has mentioned that the Ritz was unique in that it served the African-American community in Akron.It was refered to in the 1950s derogitory term as a “colored theater”.I do not know if it specialized in the Black produced films available at the time but I would speculate that it did.Anyone with memories?

monika
monika on July 10, 2007 at 10:18 am

Here’s a picture of the Ritz from summer 2006: View link

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