Ritz Theater

46 Washington Avenue,
Carteret, NJ 07008

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Ritz Theatre

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The Ritz Theater was opened on September 1, 1927, and was designed by local architect John Gliva. It was closed on January 31, 1965. Since closing the building has been in use as a clothing factory and later as a bakery. It is vacant in 2014.

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walterk on January 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Today marks a half century since the Ritz went dark, but its future is looking bright as the earliest stages of restoration/renovation began late last year with removal of the bakery structure which was basically built within the auditorium, leaving it pretty much intact. Remaining sand used to level the floor is still being removed and actual work will begin later this year and as mentioned, finished in 2017. I’ll post more as work progresses, but plans call for among other things an enlarged stage house.

markp on February 1, 2015 at 4:49 am

walterk, Happy New year. I havent been by the Ritz lately, as I was very sick most of January. My wife said the block across the street from the parking lot has been completely demolished. As the weather warms I will swing by and check on the progress.

walterk on July 12, 2015 at 7:14 am

I’ve uploaded a few photos from MarkP’s and my visit to the Ritz this past Thursday. Much thanks from both of us to Carteret’s Historical Committee and especially Susan Wentzel for arranging this second visit, highlights included discovery of old Simplex parts and a collection of take up reels in the attic above the projection booth.

markp on July 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Yes waltery and you found the old International Projectionist magazine that my father hid, and read many years ago.

xpa on October 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

I’m sorry to report that a a study of the structure’s integrity revealed that it would be impractical to save and renovate the theatre. The current plan is to raise the structure and build a new theatre on the site. The new plans hope to include chambers for a theatre pipe organ.

markp on October 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

Just heard from someone I know who has spoken to the towns structural engieneer, and sad to report that it will be demolished and replaced with a brand new modern structure. At least they tried to save the old place.

markp on March 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

Just drove by it today. There is a huge banner hung on the side of the building. It says “Carteret Performing Arts Center” 1600 seat auditorium. Live entertainment and broadway shows. Opening 2018.

markp on April 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

In recent days there appears to be some activity going on around the building. It looks like perhaps the old electric service has been disconnected or is being readied for the new project about to get underway.

walterk on August 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

I’ve just uploaded a photograph of the Ritz Marquee and entrance taken by Anthony Pusillo, older brother of Ritz projectionist Joseph Pusillo, in August of 1945. The picture was donated to the archives of the Borough of Carteret’s Historical Committee, who is kind enough to share it with us, much thanks! Anthony and Joe are respectively the Uncle and Father of Mark Pusillo, who posts to CT.

markp on August 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for posting my uncles photo walterk

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