Ritz Theater

403 E. Main Street,
Belleville, IL 62220

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Darren_Snow on August 21, 2015 at 12:27 pm

When the church moved into the old theater, a bar owner purchased the huge cursive RITZ sign and intended to place it on the facade of his bar on Washington Avenue in nearby St. Louis. This never came to pass, and the Ritz bar went out of business. I wonder where that sign wound up!

bbrown1 on November 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Below is a link to story about haunted history of the Ritz Theatre:

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adambrower on April 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

i work at the ritz too went it closed! julie was the manager. yeah people said it was haunted. very creepy during closing time

kencmcintyre on June 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

There is a current photo on the church site. Go to www.faithbaptist-church.org and click “about”.

gripplinger on June 5, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Parking, or lack of it, was the downfall of the Ritz. The theatre is at the far east end of downtown Belleville and never had a real easy place for customers to park. It is a shame this beautiful theatre has gone dark – it was/is beautiful and my very first job at 16 y.o. Before long, I became the Asst. Manager/Projectionist and had some of the best years of my life there! After cutting the balcony into two seperate but small theatres, the seating capasity for the main auditorium was about 375. The two screens “upstairs” sat 175 and 80 respectively. I certainly can remember when the Ritz could sell-out all three screens! Although it was said the theatre was haunted, I have to say I never saw any such activity – all I saw and remember are the best times of my life! At least the Ritz hasn’t been torn down and lives now as a church!

JAlex on March 12, 2005 at 5:57 pm

Original name was the MIDLAND.

wayne2565 on October 17, 2004 at 10:20 pm

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