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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xpa on October 2, 2015 at 3:06 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 2:41 pm

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 2:34 pm

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 1:39 pm

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 8:07 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 5:36 pm

Thanks for posting my uncles photo walterk

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on November 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Check out some current photographs and a short write up on the Ritz at: After the Final Curtain

walterk on November 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

The Borough of Carteret has announced a 5 year deal with Comcast Spectra to manage the new performing arts center to be built on the site of the Ritz,here is an article from mycentraljersey.com talking about it.

This press release From the Mayor’s office goes into more detail, here’s a bit from it:

“The 1,600 seat Performing Arts Center will be located on Washington Ave between Pershing Ave and Cooke Ave on the site of the old Ritz theatre. The structure that was the Ritz theatre was converted into a sewing factory in 1965 and then a bakery in the 1980s. It subsequently shutdown operations in 2014 and the property was later acquired by the borough with the intention of restoring the theatre. The Performing Arts Center district will include new residential and mixed-use commercial buildings to be built by private developers that are currently under design. The demolition of the site is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2017 with the construction to start in the Summer of 2017.”

As mentioned in the comments section over a year ago, it appears the existing structure is to be razed, although I've heard the plaster motif of the Ritz will be used in the design of new venue.

markp on November 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

I was gonna email you about this later. My BA just posted it on our union website.

markp on May 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A few weeks ago there were 2 huge genie lifts parked outside the building. I was thinking maybe they were taking molds of the ceiling dome to use in the new building. There are also a few holes cut into the roof. I hope construction starts soon on the new building.

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