Ritz Theatre

927 NW Second Avenue,
Miami, FL 33136

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David_Schneider on May 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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.

rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 11, 2009 at 12:39 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 31, 2009 at 2:32 am

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 August 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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

kencmcintyre on August 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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: