251 Port Richmond Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters
Architects: James Whitford, Snr.
Located in the Port Richmond district of Staten Island. Operated by Johnson & Moses Theatrical Co. Ltd. Opened on March 1, 1924 with Gloria Swanson in “The Humming Bird” & five acts of vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped the a Skinner 4 manual 24 ranks organ, which was opened by organist Grace May Lissenden.
The Ritz Theatre later became the home of rock concerts and roller skating keeping the Ritz Theatre one of the integral entertainment venues on Staten Island for many years. It was closed in 1968.
Since 1985, this theatre has been owned and operated as a tile showroom by the Pedulla family. Portions of the theatre’s original purpose can still be seen inside. The murals still grace the walls.
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