Ritz Theatre

110 North Broadway,
Hugo, OK 74743

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1946 LIFE Magazine photo with Buster Crabbe's

The 301-seat Broadway Theatre was opened by 1914. By 1924 it had been renamed Ritz Theatre and was later enlarged. Primarily a venue for B-Westerns and similar films, the Ritz Thetare was owned and operated by the Oklahoma City based multi-theatre operator Griffith Amusement Co., which was later known as Video Independent Theatres, Inc. Locals will remember the location of the Ritz Theatre as Ralph’s Barber Shop until several years ago. Just recently the frame of the screen was removed during building remodeling. Although it was the only part of the theatre to survive, it had continued to exist since the theatre closed in the mid-1950’s.

Contributed by Lindy Loftin

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Okie
Okie on July 15, 2006 at 10:08 pm

This 1924 map of downtown Huge pinpoints the location of two early day movie houses, lot 110-Ritz, lot 117-Erie,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on August 27, 2007 at 3:26 am

Below can be found vintage exterior and interior photographs of the Ritz Theatre. Type in word “ritz” to view images …
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raybradley
raybradley on July 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Hugo was once known as Circus City, U.S.A, since it was headquarters to five different circuses.
In this small town is a most unique cemetery called Showmens Rest, final resting place for many a circus performer. These sites tell more –
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10433
and,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on August 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

In this LIFE 1946 image the Ritz can be spotted in far background;
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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Talk about an “Old West” style movie house, the Ritz was it, as these antique pictures reveal;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/405

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Here is the old Ritz today
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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Just added the 1946 LIFE Magazine photo with Buster Crabbe’s “Terrors On Horseback” on the Ritz marquee. The front parapet wall has been removed in the current photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

In the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, 110 N. Broadway is listed as the address of the Broadway Theatre. The Broadway is also listed, though with no addess given, in the 1914 edition of Gus Hill’s National Theatrical Directory. It was then a 10 cent house operated by O. Gill, subscribed to the General Film Service, and seated 301.

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