Ritz Theater

S. Side Square,
Waxahachie, TX 75165

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Ritz Theater

The Ritz Theater was destroyed in a fire on December 3, 1938. It was re-built.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 19, 2009 at 5:22 am

Hot off the web page, here are excerpts from Boxoffice Magazine’s story about the Ritz fire:[quote]“$50,000 Loss to Ritz at Waxahachie After Fire

“DALLAS— Robb and Rowley’s comparatively new Ritz Theatre in Waxahachie is a mass of total ruin after a fire thought to have originated in the balcony. The house had just recently been remodeled. Nothing was saved and the loss is around $50,000.

“Additional loss was a new and late model sound equipment stored in the Ritz building, which equipment was about to be installed in the Empire, ‘B’ house. ‘A’ bookings will be shown in the Empire temporarily, it was said.

“R&R officials have been extremely busy discussing plans for a new theatre, details of which were not made known at this time.”[/quote] I’ve found the Ritz mentioned in Boxoffice as late as 1956. I’m trying to dig up more about the Empire, which was being operated by P.Q. Rockett in 1912, and was sold by him to Robb & Rowley in 1927.

DriveInTheatre2001 on May 27, 2010 at 5:24 am

I have a photo of the RITZ I got from the Historical Society here in Waxahachie. The RITZ used to sit on the South East Corner facing the Old Courthouse. It was razed after the fire and now that lot is a parking lot.. The photo I have shows an Old Pontiac Stationwagon, around the early 60’s model, in front of the Theatre. Waxahachie actually had 3 Walk Ins! The DIXIE which became the TEXAS, the RITZ, and the EMPIRE. And, Waxahachie also had a Drive In Theatre! Called “The ELLIS Drive In Theatre”. I have photos of the Marquee, which still stands today in a clump of trees! Seen Here:. View link .. Also, THe Theatre that was located right off of Hwy 77 is now closed. The NEW ShowBiz is right off Hwy 287, as is a Multi-Screen. Seen here:. View link .. Enjoy!!
Randy A. Carlisle
Historical Photographer
Dallas (Waxahachie) Texas

drivein2001 on January 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

I now have a photo up of what The EMPIRE looks like today. (Jan-2011).. Seen here:.. View link … It was located a few buildings down from where the RITZ once sat. Not clear on this but From what I can gather, The RITZ burned in its early life and then rebuilt.. It was demolished around 1971…….
Randy A. Carlisle
Historical Photographer
Dallas (Waxahachie) Texas

Driveintheatre2001 on January 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

Where the RITZ Theatre once sat is now a parking lot. Sadly, No remains of the Theatre exist.

Randy A Carlisle Historical Photographer

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