Ritz Theatre

6656 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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1973 photo credit Robert Juzefski.

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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 changed its name to Newsreel 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 theater was used by a church until December 2015.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 63 comments)

LouisRugani on December 26, 2010 at 4:33 am

Exterior views of the NEW VIEW (and those of the nearby VOGUE) are seen in several scenes in the 1970 Paul Mazursky film ‘Alex in Wonderland’. A horror double-bill was playing at the time.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on March 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Here is a photo of the Ritz which I took when on holiday from Wales in 1990, great double feature on at the time.
I once saw the British comedy “whoodunit” there, Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie’s “Murder At The Gallop"
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

This theater was still called the News-View as late as 1954, when the August 21 issue of Boxoffice said that operator John Wolfburg was renting the house to packagers of television shows during the morning hours. The packagers used the showings primarily to promote their offerings to advertising agencies, prospective sponsors, and TV station programming directors, and the viewing public was admitted for free to provide an audience.

I have no memory of the house as the News-View, but I’m sure it had become simply the New-View by the early 1960s. The earliest mention of it under that name I’ve found in Boxoffice is from November 28, 1966, which mentions that operator Harry Wineberg was running “Born Free” at the house.

The nomenclature for this theater is a bit complex. Note in this ca.1950 photo (the same one linked above by ken mc, and misidentified by the web site as being in New York City) that the hyphenated name “News-View” is on the facade in large letters. At the top of the marquee is a small sign in script reading “Tele-View” and the marquee says “Newsreel Theatre.” It’s possible that the “Tele-View” signage was added only in 1941, after the Tele-View Theatre east of Vine Street was converted into the Hitching Post Theatre. The News-View and Newsreel Theatre signs were thus on the house at the same time, rather than being two different aka’s. All the old references to the house I’ve found call it the News-View Theatre (though usually without the hyphen) rather than the Newsreel Theatre.

The exterior features of the News-View building remained pretty much the same into the 1970s. The Ritz facade and marquee actually date from the mid-‘70s remodeling of the house by Pussycat Theatres. The Ritz Theatre page at Historic Hollywood Theatres has a small photo dated 1972 showing that the only significant changes from the ca.1950 photo were the removal of parts of the signage: the “S” from the name on the facade and the “Tele-View” sign, and the replacement of the marquee’s “Newsreel” with “New-View.”

Boxoffice mentions the New View frequently from 1970 through 1973, and never hyphenates the name, but I recall seeing it hyphenated in the ads and listing in the L.A. Times. It was certainly hyphenated on the theater’s signage.

VonFeldt on May 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I was the last operator of the Ritz. I played revival from June, 1991 thru April, 1991 when Orion gave me Silence of the Lambs which I played until October when I closed the theatre. I used the profits from Lambs to help pay for a Christmas Carol set. I used portions of this set two years ago at the Kodak up the street for a Xmas Carol production that starred Christopher Lloyd and John Goodman. During rehearsals I took Lloyd to lunch at Musso and Franks across the street from the Ritz and he got a kick out of hearing how I paid for part of the set we were using.

VonFeldt on May 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Typo…..I started at the Ritz June of 1990.

drb on June 20, 2011 at 2:18 am

Around 45 seconds of footage of it as the Pussycat here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVbEJzv_vo

DavidZornig on March 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Just added 2 photos as the Pussycat. Previous links including them may have been dead.

Bway on March 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I think the Pussycat Theater photos belong here? http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2361

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Bway: No, the photos David uploaded do depict this Pussycat Theatre (the New-View/Ritz.) The old Monica/Pussycat on Santa Monica Boulevard had a much plainer front.

CTCrouch on January 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

The church moved out in late December 2015.

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