Ritz Theater

15 N. 8th Street,
Duncan, OK 73534

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Ritz Theater

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The Ritz Theater closed in the late-1960’s, and its vertical sign was removed several years afer that. As late as 1988 the red and tan brick building was still standing. Remaining was a large marquee that sheltered the entrance and outside ticket booth. Above the marquee was green sheet metal paneling that was probably covering up some nice brickwork. Sometime after 1988 the building was demolished.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don lewis

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2008 at 7:26 am

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of February 2, 1952, announced the opening of this theatre. The owner and manager of the Ritz was named as Jack Guest, and the article said that there were 500 seats on the main floor, and that there was also a small, segregated balcony.

It also described the theater’s unusual snack bar, which included counter seating, plus booth seating for fourteen patrons, and offered a short order menu including waffles, sandwiches, as well as soda fountain concoctions. There’s no mention of whether or not the snack bar was open to patrons seated in the balcony, but I think we can assume that it was not.

DonLewis
DonLewis on April 2, 2009 at 2:39 am

The Ritz Theater.
Lot of memories.

“The red door on the right (next to the ticket booth, just below the far right end of the Marquee) was the “Negro” entrance when I was a kid.
That door lead to the Balcony, no Black people were allowed downstairs.
The Black kids had to buy their “Concessions” through a hole in the wall located on the curving stairway up to the Balcony, they had to bend over to reach the hole which was about 2ft X 2ft….I remember seeing those Black faces and arms reaching through that hole in the wall..
As kids my friends and I knew it was wrong, that is one of the reasons we would not go to the Ritz theatre…add to that the fact that some true Bullies (including a guy who called himself “Hitler” and would choke you unconscious for kicks) hung out in the Bathrooms and you have plenty of reason to go to the Palace Theater a few blocks away.
I did see “King Kong” there…. and “The Ten Commandments”, that is the last movie I remember seeing at the Old Ritz.
It is now just dust, only a bit of the timework on the sidewalk remains.”
Hammer-O-God

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