36911 Lassen Avenue,
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Located across Interstate 5 and northeast of the town of Avenal, the tiny agricultural town of Huron sits astride one of the many two-lane highways that cris-cross California’s Central Valley like a grid. One of the first buildings one encounters when approaching Huron from the south is the little Ritz Theatre. It has been closed and boarded up since at least the early-1990’s.
The upper half of the facade remains as originally built, with a plain stucco front. There is a wedge-shaped marquee with a vertical streamlined sign. Pieces of broken neon tubing cling to rusty and weathered surfaces. The lower portion of the facade is covered with a veneer of concrete faux adobe bricks of the type very popular in the 1970’s. It appears that the facade’s mustard color and the brown color of the sign and marquee would date from the same remodeling.
The Ritz Theatre was opened around September 1949. It is listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook guide, but no address or seating capacity is given.
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