Ritz Theatre

21 S. Pearl Street,
Albany, NY 12207

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Tinker3cat on April 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

While a student at the Albany College of Pharmacy I saw as a double bill, “Dr No” and “The Manchurian Candidate”. I’d never heard of James Bond. What a great discovery. This theater seemed past it’s prime but still very,very classy. Ray , Charlotte NC

italiancheryl on August 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

My Mother Esther Tateo sang on this stage when she was 3 yrs. old. She always talked about the theater that she loved

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, May 1943:

ALBANY-Ralph Porter has been appointed assistant manager of Warner Bros.‘ Ritz, which Jules Curley manages. Porter was discharged from the army for physical disability. James Malone, former Ritz assistant manager, is a Marine and recently visited here on furlough.

alcue on November 10, 2008 at 12:02 am

The Ritz showed all the biblical epic films. It was a little classier than the nearby Strand.

ddaydan on April 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

A less technical comment. I remember my Sunday School teacher taking us to the Ritz to see the “King of Kings” in 1962. If I remember correctly, it only cost $0.50.

RJT70mm on July 6, 2007 at 10:39 am

Thr Ritz was equipped for 70mm. I don’t know when it closed but when “Camelot” opened in 70mm at the Madison in December, 1967 the equipment was taken out of storage and reinstalled. There were 2 Philips DP70’s with Ashcraft Super Cinex lamps. The Altec Service guy who did the installation told me that the Ritz had a modified RCA magnetic sound system. When they moved the equipment the documentation for the RCA system had been lost so they bought a brand new Ampex solid state system.
I visited the Madison during the “Camelot run and the two projectors were labeled #3&#4. I asked the projectionist about this and he told me that the Ritz had FOUR projectors. Machines 1&2 were Simplex XL and Ashcraft C70 lamps.
Bob Throop