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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markp on December 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Thanks for that walterk. It was my pleasure to supply the photo and sharing it with you and the group. Also the above header should now also include “renovating” “restoring”

markp on December 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

walterk, I spoke to my mom the other day and she did indeed know and graduated with Alice. Small world.

walterk on December 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Just added a few more pictures of the Ritz taken last week, more to come. markp, My Aunt remembers your mother, too. Small world it is.

markp on December 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

walterk, I just found another booth shot of Mr Spewak next to the projectors. Im thinking of bringing it to the historical society to scan. I will ask my wife if our scanner still works and then maybe I can get it out to you. If not then I will bring it to you the next time your in the state.

walterk on January 31, 2015 at 9:40 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 7:49 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 10:14 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 2:56 pm

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 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.

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