403 E. Main Street,
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Opened in 1929 for the Bloomer Amusement Corporation, the Ritz Theater originally could seat 400 in its auditorium and balcony, and presented first-run sound movies.
When it first opened, the Ritz Theater featured ‘bargain’ ticket prices, at 20 cents, to compete with the nearby Lincoln Theater’s higher admission prices.
The Ritz Theater was completely remodeled and enlarged to 1,000 seats in January 1946. It was remodeled in the Art Moderne style, reopening with the film, “Christimas In Connecticut”.
The balcony was sealed off in 1971 and became a second auditorium, and this in turn was halved a decade later. Seating was also reduced in the main auditorium to around 400.
In 1990, BAC sold the Ritz to the Kerasotes chain, which screened second-run double features in the main auditorium and art films in the set of balcony screens, calling them ‘The Ritz Upstairs’.
This arrangement proved unsuccessful, and only lasted a short time.
The owner of the neighboring Lincoln Theater purchased the Ritz Theater from Kerasotes in 1997, but it would only remain open under this management briefly.
In 2000, the Ritz Theater was converted into a church.
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