Ritz Theatre

307 W. Chickasha Avenue,
Chickasha, OK 73018

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1941 photo courtesy of Billy Ray Merritt‎.

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Glazed terra-cotta sheathed the sleek facade of the Ritz Theatre, while bright marquee lights lent a sophistocated flair that attracted attention of passers by. Though the auditorium was the usual “Griffith Bros. cookie cutter deco” theme, it was still pleasing to the eye.

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raybradley
raybradley on August 29, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Type in word “ritz” to view 1930s images,

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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

To vew both recent color snapshots and vintage B&W images of the former Ritz Theatre see site below;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/277

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Standing two doors left of the former Pix Theatre, and across the street from the old Midwest Theatre, the Ritz Theatre has now been converted into M & M Furniture sales,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2011 at 4:40 am

Though Chickasha has many theaters listed at Cinema Treasures, the only one I can find mentioned in the Boxoffice archive is the Rialto, which is either not listed here or is listed under another name and missing its aka. A Rialto is listed for Chickasha at both CinemaTour and Roadside Oklahoma, but without an address.

The brief Boxoffice item, from October 9, 1954, says that Rialto manager Horace Clark had re-roofed the building, and had installed CinemaScope and 300 reconditioned seats.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

A theatre was at the location described above after 1928 according to fire insurance maps. Address is 307 W. Chickasha.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

1941 photo added, courtesy of Billy Ray Merritt‎. It is the left building of the two that M & M Furniture currently inhabits. 307 W. Chickasha is the correct address for the Ritz.

M & M uses 309, because their entrance is in the right hand building, next door to where the Ritz was. As they now have a combined storefront.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

This link has a version of the 1941 photo that can bee enlarged.

http://picclick.com.au/OLD-LARGE-HISTORIC-PHOTO-OF-CHICKASHA-KANSAS-OPENING-291952014744.html#&gid=1&pid=1

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