Ritz Theatre

423 North E Street,
San Bernardino, CA 92401

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RITZ Theatre, San Bernardino, California

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Opened as the Strand Theatre prior to 1915. It was remodelled in 1930 and renamed Ritz Theatre. By 1941 the Ritz Theater was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was showing adult films in January 1975.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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barrygoodkin
barrygoodkin on January 15, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Warner Bros. acquired the Ritz Theatre circa 1931 and operated it until the theatre operations were separated from the film studio in 1953. Stanley Warner continued to operate the Ritz until about 1969 when Stanley Warner discontinued its theatre operation in California.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 11:54 am

Projecting XXX movies was strange here, considering its noble past. The other projectionist now works for Disney. Go Figure…

VidResearcher
VidResearcher on March 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm

As a kid, I saw “Damn Yankees” and “Auntie Mame” here. Had the steepest incline to seats you ever saw, plus these weird purple flourescent lights in the ceiling. Was a sad day when it went porno.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 8, 2009 at 12:21 am

By process of elimination, I put this as the Ritz in 1983:
http://tinyurl.com/lrzhlk
http://tinyurl.com/l9sywy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Here is a September 1973 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/y9esnrh

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

Whatever happened to the building, there’s a cinema (chain?) at this address now.

Johnpollard
Johnpollard on October 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I used to go to the Bugs Bunney club at the Ritz on Satursday.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Great movie,Great ad,Kenmc.

chspringer
chspringer on August 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

This would be the same block that now hold the Empire 20, which is currently closed.

duus
duus on January 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

The exterior remodel of the facade took place in the early 1940s as was announced in December 1940 in this San Bernardino newspaper (includes a drawing of the new facade) http://cbsrdb3.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19401224.1.11&srpos=2&e=———-en—20—1—txt-txIN-%22ritz+theater%22+marque——–# There was also an interior remodel to the building in 1935 which gave it a more “modernistic” lobby and auditorium. Here is a 1935 photo of the pre-remodel facade with its Vitaphone marquee http://cbsrdb3.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19350104.1.23&srpos=180&e=———-en—20—161—txt-txIN-%22ritz+theater%22——–#

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