Ritz Theatre

106 Broad Street,
Bainbridge, GA 39817

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Ritz Theatre, Bainbridge GA

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Ritz Theatre was Bainbridge’s main source of entertainment for many years. It was operated by the Martin Theatres chain. On its site is currently a bank building.

Contributed by Irv Lipscomb

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irvl
irvl on August 2, 2006 at 4:39 pm

This theatre was actually a secondary theatre to the Martin, Bainbridge’s main movie house. Ritz Theatre is still painted on the back of the building that housed that theatre. The Martin Theatre was demolished in the 1970s. The Martin’s site is where the bank building is currently located.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 12:35 am

The April 23, 1949, issue of Boxoffice said that the Martin Circuit was converting a Coca-Cola bottling plant into a theater. Would that have been the Martin Theatre? The architect was Rufus E. Bland, who was Martin’s in-house architect for over a quarter of a century at least.

The November 13, 1948, issue of Boxoffice said that the new Martin house in Bainbridge would have 1,414 seats. There must have been delays in construction, as the March 3, 1951, issue of Boxoffice, when a photo of it appeared on the cover of the magazine’s Modern Theatre section, referred to it as “recently opened.”

Boxoffice has something to say about the Ritz, too, but it’s a bit puzzling. The January 21, 1939, issue of the magazine said that the Ritz was celebrating its fifth anniversary. The 1930s picture Lost Memory linked to shows not only a much older-looking building, but a marquee that looks like it was installed no later than the 1920s. Maybe the Ritz was only celebrating its fifth anniversary under Martin operation. It must have been one of the many existing theaters the circuit acquired over the years.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Irv’s right. Here’s a Street View with an old painted sign for the Ritz:

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on April 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Looks like it says Flint River Store. Makes sense, since the Flint River runs through town.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on February 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

Here are my shots from January 2011. It’s hard to believe that this place was once a theater.

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