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

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 8, 2016 at 12:00 am

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 1:20 pm

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

CStefanic on January 10, 2017 at 3:45 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 5:41 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 12:13 pm

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.

bnasti5562 on April 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

got pics 1961 thanksgiving parade in front of new view theatre Ild like to post but dont know how

HowardBHaas on April 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

Someone needs to scan the photos. If you don’t have a photo scanner, find a friend who does? or maybe Staples? once on your computer or device, easy to upload here via the photo function.

JAlex on April 28, 2017 at 11:31 am

Having lived in the area 1981-1989 I don’t recall “Deep Throat” running 10 years.

ChasSmith on April 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I lived in Hollywood, and then nearby, from 1972 to 1982, and I’m pretty sure it played there (along with “The Devil in Miss Jones”) pretty much throughout those years.

CStefanic on September 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Does anybody have ANY info on this theatre right now? So far as I see everytime I’m working with the Egyptian, is that it’s shut down. Surely something is happening. (And I’m not calling you Shirley!)

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