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i was born in picayune an we to go there every saturday they use to have a live country every sat am before the start of the movie ritz was owened by pick mosley had a daughter named mary ann an his wife run the pic theatre across the tracks man what times the usher who worked the ritz was kenneth smith walked thru there with flashlite him an pic to grab people they were being bad he would throw you out best hamburgers in town now what fun jerry smith
The RITZ vertical sign looks pretty nice.
Drab looking theatre,almost dead.Looks closed . Amazing how Disney never gives parents a break.Good story Celia.
I was born in Picayune, and as a child in the 1960’s this was one of the theatres in town where us kids would head for by bike or on foot on a Saturday afternoon.
The other theatre was called the Pic. The theatres were located one on each side of the tracks. They were owned by the same family, the husband and wife ran them. I remember the man was a big man and everyone called him “Mr. Fats”.
I recall the price of a ticket was 25 cents under age 12. Over 12 was 50 cents. I remember “Mrs. Fats” busted me for the additional quarter within days of my 12th birthday, I admit I was trying to get by. It was simply amazing how they knew when every kid turned 12
One summer ticket books were sold to see several Disney movies, one movie per week. I recall my mom saying the ticket books were kinda pricey, but she broke down, and when we got them we were thrilled. We could hardly wait for the day of a Disney film, and afterwards talked about the movie over and over. It is a wonderful memory. Thanks for asking.
This article reprints stories from the Picayune Item regarding the 1949 first broadcast of radio station WRJW, which had it main studios in the Ritz Theatre Building, according to one of the articles.