Ritz Theater

2235 Orthodox Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Opened in 1913. By 1941 the Ritz Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and was listed as (Closed), same in 1943. It later reopened and was a great place for a kid in the late-1940’s to see a double feature, fifteen cartoons, a serial, a newsreel, coming attractions, and get a free comic book — all for 13 cents. The Ritz Theatre was closed in 1950. In recent years it has been in light industrial use.

Contributed by Joe Smiley

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Big city like Philadelphia and no comments! Here’s one The Ritz theatre presented a world premiere of “PRAYING WITH ANGER"M.Night Shyamalan a local native of this city Directed.Free wine and popcorn were served,Benefitted the PHilly Film Office. Thanks Boxoffice,July 1993.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

The Elrae Theatre was mentioned in the August 9, 1931, issue of The Film Daily. New operator Mike Stiefel had closed the house to make improvements and redecorate.

TomP8 on December 11, 2017 at 4:38 am

My Grandfather owner the Ritz in the 40’s-50’s. Thomas Lazrick

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm

The Ritz Theatre Mike Rogers mentioned in his comment above must have been one of the other three Philadelphia houses using the name Ritz, as this one had been closed for decades when Praying With Anger was shown in 1993.

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