Ritz Theater

1705 Milam Street,
Shreveport, LA 71103

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The Ritz Theater was operating prior to 1941 and until at least 1955 as an Negro theatre.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on November 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

“The Ritz was a segregated theater.”…Billy Smith

SingleScreen
SingleScreen on June 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I believe the exterior marquee is still visible. I have driven by it several times. Building is boarded up. I will try to take a photo next time I am in the area.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Billy and Don I have the Ritz being run in 1956 by Bijou Amusement Company 423 Fourth Ave.N.,Nashville,Tenn. Milton Starr President and Evans Sprott,Gen.Manager. They also ran the STAR THEATRE in Shreveport. 1956 Motion picture Almanac.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Mike for the info,I will check if I can find any info on Bijou Amusement Co. First I have heard of them,but by the address they were just around corner from the Loews Crescent.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Nashville had quite a bit of film and theatre business according to my 1956 almanac.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 2:18 am

Yes I know but I was not born till 1957,so I do not remember.By the way I believe that I have read that the Bijou theatre was Nashvilles first,now back to the Ritz.

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