Ritz Theatre

6656 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Interior - May 2013

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The News-View Theatre first opened as a newsreel theatre in 1939. It was designed by architect Harry Wright and had seating for 386 on a single floor. It later began screening feature films as the New-View Theatre.

It became a Pussycat Theatre in the mid-1970’s and had its biggest hit when it screened Linda Lovelace in “Deep Throat”, which ran for ten years. When that closed in the summer of 1989, it was renamed Ritz Theatre, operating as a third run movie house and closed in 1991.

This theatre was used by a church until December 2015. In May 2016 it was being converted into a Hologram Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 72 comments)

CTCrouch on January 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

The church moved out in late December 2015.

CStefanic on May 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The marquee has been revamped, and apparently the lobby area, redone. I happened by the construction during the Turner Classic Movie film festival. When I asked the man in charge exactly what was happening, he replied that the Ritz WILL open as a movie theatre again…operating as a Hologram Theatre…

I’m not sure I understand…

Is this the same kind of demonstration that the Vine Theatre down the street is parading?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm

This post from The First News Junkies mentions that the Ritz is being converted into a hologram theater, but doesn’t give any details about the project. It does, however, have a nice photo of the News-View that I don’t recall having seen previously.

This post from the SFGate is about Dolby Laboratories' demonstration project at the Vine Theatre. I don’t know if Dolby is involved with the Ritz project. It isn’t the only company experimenting with holographic movies.

This Mashable post says that Seoul has four competing theaters presenting holographic versions of Korean pop music concerts, and another hologram theater is opening in Singapore. Their system isn’t very advanced, though. I would hope that Dolby’s experimental system is better, and is the sort of thing that will be going into the Ritz.

CStefanic on May 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

Thanks Joe. I love the Orange Julius next door in the photo! Great one.

I was hoping the Ritz would retain it’s penchant for screening classics as well. I would wager any Movie House out here in Los Angeles would do right to employee such a prerequisite – but that’s just me. =)

CStefanic on September 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Has anybody heard any word from the Ritz in the past few months?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

CStefanic: The most recent thing I can find about the project is on the Ritz Theatre page at Bill Counter’s web site. He has a photo of the new signage, which reads “FilmOn.TV Hologram”. They intended to launch in August, but have apparently missed their target.

We have the name Newsreel Theatre listed as an aka for this house, but it was called the News-View (hyphenated just like that) throughout its history as a newsreel house. The name Newsreel Theatre was on the marquee from the day the house opened, but was not the name of the theater, just an indication of the theater’s programming. In fact the ends of the marquee had the plural “Newsreels” rather than the singular “Newsreel” on them.

There is an aka that is missing from out list, though. When the house converted to feature films the “S” was removed from the name on the facade and the letters adjusted to read “New-View” which is what the house was called until it became the Pussycat. The “Tele-News” (the name of the chain) that had been on the marquee was removed, as was the word Newsreel, replaced by New-View. This page at Bruce Torrence’s Hollywood Photos web site shows the New-View as it looked until it was converted into the Pussycat.

adsausage on November 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

Johnny Legend and the late Eric Caidin briefly took it over some time around ‘92-'93 (photo uploaded).

CStefanic on January 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Thank you Joe. Any news since? I haven’t seen it yet. I work with Cinematheque and Egyptian a couple of blocks down, but keep on not having time to check out the recent digs.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I’ve heard nothing about the status of the hologram project at the Ritz, nor can I find anything new about it on the Internet. I suspect that the technology is not advancing as rapidly as its promoters hoped. It might be along time before the Ritz opens with its new format, if it ever does.

CStefanic on April 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

I just walked by a few days ago (when covering the TCM Film Festival) and the doors are SHUT; the lights are OUT. It appears whatever production was being performed has ceased.

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