Ritz Theatre Iowa Center for the Performing Arts

119 E. Van Buren Street,
Centerville, IA 52544

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2011 at 1:48 am

Plans for the restoration of the Ritz Theatre were done by the Des Moines firm Wetherell Ericsson Architects. The successor firm to Wetherell & Harrison, designers of many theaters in Iowa, Wetherell Ericsson merged with RDG Planning Design in 2007. RDG’s web site has this page about the Ritz. They give 2012 as the expected year for the completion of the project.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2009 at 4:00 am

This is a nice photo of the Ritz.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2009 at 1:48 am

I thought that he was very good in “Star Wars”. :P

kencmcintyre on June 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

I’ve seen Harrison Ford in quite a few silent movie listings. He must have been popular in his day.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm

From the September 29th post above:

It was at the Ritz Theatre that people came to see the movie that had been filmed on location on Centerville’s Town Square. The stars of the 1921 silent movie were Norma Talmadge and Harrison Ford. The title was Loves Redemption: Its a Wonderful Thing.

Harrison looks good for his age….

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm

The address given at that link is the correct address. Function is performing arts. Ritz website

119 East Van Buren Street
Centerville, IA 52544


kencmcintyre on September 30, 2008 at 4:52 am

Some additional information here. I don’t know why there’s a discepancy in the two addresses, though.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 5, 2008 at 3:05 am

Here is another photo of the Ritz.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 30, 2007 at 1:28 am

A Kilgen theater organ opus 1531 was installed in the Orpheum Theater in 1913.

ACCA on August 10, 2006 at 11:40 pm

Please change “Related Websites” to www.ritztheatreiowa.com The above link is broken.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 3, 2005 at 3:17 am

There is some info on the Ritz renovation here:

sdavis on March 3, 2005 at 2:00 am

when will it be ready … for me?

William on December 5, 2003 at 5:57 pm

When the Ritz Theatre was a movie theatre it seated 450 people.