Ritz Theater

Market Street and Two & a Half Street,
Benton, PA 17814

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The Ritz Theater closed in the 1950s.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

This website claims the following:

The Universal Theatre preceded the Ritz Theatre in Benton, at the corner of Two and a Half Street and Market Street. The theatre operated during the 1920’s and 1930’s under the management of Harry Chapin. Ruth Appleman Pealer was pianist for much of the silent picture days. It was generally open on the weekends and was also used by the school for plays and other activities until the construction of the new school building in 1928. Does anyone know what role Alonzo Houseweart played in the operation of the theatre?

As the Ritz Theatre, it became part of the Magazzu chain and was managed for a few years by a Mr. Zerby and then by Martin Appleman until it was closed in the 1950’s. Popcorn was a dime, the seats were hard, and on Saturdays you usually could see a Lone Ranger or Superman serial in addition to the regular movie.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2008 at 7:33 am

This is what the Universal Theater looked like circa 1925.

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