Ridglea Theater

6025 Camp Bowie Boulevard,
Fort Worth, TX 76116

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Ridglea Theater

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Opened on December 1, 1950, the Ridglea Theater was taken over and tastefully renovated by Cinemark in the 1980’s.

The Ridglea Theater became a concert venue in 1999. It was closed in May 2011, to allow for restoration, and reopened in mid-2012.

Contributed by Mark Balay

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Johnv
Johnv on August 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

The days of the beautiful Ridglea Theater may be “numbered”. Please see this link:

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RyanBrennan
RyanBrennan on September 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I saw so many movies at the Ridglea, even though I lived in nearby Arlington. Eventually, as an adult, I moved to Fort Worth. I saw movies such as Disney’s FOLLOW ME BOYS, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE GODFATHER, STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, ALIEN, THE THING, and SUPERMAN. I think the last couple of movies I saw there were the James Bond movie LICENCE TO KILL and BABETTE’S FEAST.

As a founder of the Fort Worth Film Festival I was involved with the Ridglea during the days that Wesley and Richard were running movies in one of the upstairs auditoriums. Me, a friend and one of the other founders took turns running movies on the weekend there utilizing video projection.

While exploring some of the non-public areas I discovered what amounted to a couple of rows of seats that were being held as replacements for damaged seats. Boy, would I have loved to have gotten five or six of those!

ticktock11
ticktock11 on January 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

@Chuck1231 above:

Wonder what happened to the prow of the marquee.

historicridglea
historicridglea on May 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

The new owner of the Ridglea Theater Jerry Shults is looking for your Ridglea Theater memories! Email us with your memories and photos to

To view memories of the Historic Ridglea Theater, visit: http://www.ridgleatheater.com/memories

Thanks in advance for sending your memories to us!!

Any questions yall have about the new Theater and our ongoing restoration, please send us an email to

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

May/June 2011 magazine of National Trust for Historic Preservation reported Bank of America backed asway from plan to buy & demolish portion, allowing local entrepreneur Jerry Shluts to buy it December. “Working with Historic Forth Worth, Shults plans to restore the balcony, stage, murals, and terrazzo tile floor and reopen the theater later this year.” Here’s link to a site re saving it http://www.ridgleatheater.com/press.asp

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Great News! The Ridglea Theatre is set to open in early 2012! http://ridgleatheater.com/press.asp .. Good luck to the “Historical” Ridglea Theatre!! A 2006 photo I took of the Ridglea Theatre. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/racphotography/4845539196

RAC Photography

Johnv
Johnv on June 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I am SO glad that we have GOOD news on this wonderful theatre! Kudos to every soul that has made this miracle possible!!

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

The vertical sign was recently featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

The theater is reopening after renovations with a celebration ball and a sing-a-long showing of “The Sound of Music”. View article

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