Ritz Theatre

Northern Boulevard and 154th Street,
Flushing, NY 11354

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Newspaper ad (1925)

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The Murray Hill Theatre was listed in the 1914 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. It served Flushing’s Murray Hill district, which includes the Broadway station of the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington line. It was later renamed Ritz Theatre. The small cinema fell victim to the post-war recession and became an auto repair garage until 1923, when the owner of the Janice Theatre in downtown Flushing took over and converted it back into a cinema.

The latest movies opened at the Janice Theatre and then moved to the Ritz Theatre for a brief run. The Ritz Theatre closed permanently in 1927 due to fierce competition from the larger and more luxurious Roosevelt Theatre, which opened only seven blocks away in 1926.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 18, 2006 at 4:16 am

The legendary Alla Nazimova is probably best-remembered today as owner of the Garden of Allah, a hotel/bungalow complex on Sunset Boulevard that was a home-away-from-home for celebrities during Hollywood’s Golden Age:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/ritzflush.jpg

jflundy
jflundy on August 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Warren G. Harris has provided this link to the Queens Chronicle for August 20, 2009, featuring an article about and photo of the Ritz Theatre:
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Ziggy
Ziggy on August 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Please thank Warren for providing this post. I’m glad he’ll still be contributing links for us, even though he won’t be on the board any more.

bobster1985
bobster1985 on August 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

It seems that the Ritz Theatre was called the Murray Hill Theatre in 1915. I found a clipping in the Flushing Daily Times on October 9, 1915 which I just posted in the photos section.

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