Ritz Theatre

927 NW Second Avenue,
Miami, FL 33136

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kencmcintyre on August 2, 2008 at 11:08 am

This is the building as seen on Google maps. At the time the photo was taken the building did not appear to be in use:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm

The Ritz was already operating in 1934 and shut down in 1964.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm

This short video on the music history of Overtown features a rare, albeit fuzzy, nightime view of the Ritz.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 10, 2009 at 5:39 pm

The Ritz was opened as a “negro house” servicing the mixed nationality black residents of Overtown, once known as Coloredtown.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

This was owned by Wometco. Their Afro-American theatres did not appear in the Wometco listings.

David_Schneider on May 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

A few years ago I’d heard that a building was being renovated somewhere in or near downtown Miami when “they broke through the wall and discovered an old cinema for ‘colored’ people that had been sealed off when the building was used for something else and everyone forgot about it”.

I wonder if it was the Ritz and if it was really rediscovered in this dramatic fashion.

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