Ridglea Theater

6025 Camp Bowie Boulevard,
Fort Worth, TX 76116

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 21, 2012 at 1:29 am

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

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

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

Johnv
Johnv on June 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

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

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

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

historicridglea
historicridglea on May 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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

ticktock11
ticktock11 on January 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

@Chuck1231 above:

Wonder what happened to the prow of the marquee.

RyanBrennan
RyanBrennan on September 19, 2010 at 11:05 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!

Johnv
Johnv on August 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

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

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Johnv
Johnv on July 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Local residents and the “Historic Ft Worth” organization are sounding the alarm for the possible demise of this treasure! Having been a concert venue for several years, the concert company apparently declared bankruptcy and now someone else holds the paper. There is talk about demolishing it for a Bank of America!!!

PLEASE —– PLEASE help these folks save this theater. So far, they have organized a tour of the theater to help save it. Although this is very heartfelt and noble effort, I fear they will need far more to pull this off. Here is the news link regarding the tour:
ttp://www.dfw.com/2010/07/25/310341/historic-fort-worth-offering-tour.html

ThomClay
ThomClay on June 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

It looks like this great lady is in trouble again: www.dfw.com/2010/06/20/295133/ridglea-theater-running-out-of.html

I have written to the theater’s council rep urging him to explore saving and restoring this great venue. It is currently in use as a performance space and has great potential. I suggested that he explore how cultural centers can be economic engines and that I hope this theater doesn’t become a bank! It’s time for FW to come together and save this wonderful theater.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This theatres website is still advertising concerts.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Nice looking tower.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

As per the Ft Worth Star Telegram, 10/30/09, a deal has been made for the Ridglea to be returned to lender without going through bankruptcy, but this still leaves it’s future in question.

Don…

rivest266
rivest266 on October 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

This theatre look like it is still active. http://www.ridgleatheater.com/index.php

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm

A view of the Ridglea, which is currently in bankruptcy proceedings, here, here and here.

danhostler1985
danhostler1985 on October 30, 2007 at 11:40 am

Ridglea Theater has been known to show a few movies here and there today but its primary purpose is a concert venue. And its actually a really nice concert venue too, intimate, strong. Saw Mudvayne, Ministry, Black Flag (w/ Keith Morris and Henry Rollins), and a few local shows.

My dad actually saw Monty Python And The Holy Grail back in the 70s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 6, 2006 at 8:18 pm

Here is a 1984 photo. Click on the photo to enlarge:
http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~cirillo/fwsights.htm

MissRandi
MissRandi on October 8, 2005 at 10:00 am

I saw a lot of movies here but I remember only a few. I recall seeing Superman back in 1978. My elementary school had a field trip to the Ridglea to see the movie Scrooge which was probably a re-release in late 70s/early 80s. My complaint was that the teachers wouldn’t allow us to buy any refreshments. I can’t sit in a movie without eating & drinking so I was miserable. I was even more distraught when I turned around to see the meanest teacher eating M&Ms.

I did go to the Ridglea in 1992 after one of their first renovations to see Casablanca. They had a ‘baby room’ so mothers could take their crying baby into a soundproof room and still watch the movie. I didn’t go back to the theater again as it had changed to an art house, a restaurant/movie theater and now a concert place.

ZARDOZ
ZARDOZ on February 13, 2005 at 6:06 pm

Prior to the destruction of the auditorium (translation: cutting it in half to make two theaters), this was a terrific movie palace. It was here, in 1977, I saw the first version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The screen was huge. I moved away from Ft. Worth in 1980, but have returned from time to time, on vacation. The last time I stopped by this theater, it was being converted to a bar. The seats had been removed. It would be nice if the theater aspect of this place is still intact. That fabulous marquee was always a sight to see on Camp Bowie Boulevard!