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. In May 2016 it was converted into a Hologram Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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VonFeldt
VonFeldt on May 7, 2011 at 11:35 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
VonFeldt on May 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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

drb
drb on June 20, 2011 at 5:18 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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

Bway
Bway on March 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2014 at 5:22 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
CTCrouch on January 4, 2016 at 12:12 am

The church moved out in late December 2015.

CStefanic
CStefanic on May 17, 2016 at 4:06 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 8:27 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
CStefanic on May 18, 2016 at 10:19 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. =)

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