Ritz Theatre

314 Broadway Avenue,
Sylacauga, AL 35150

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The Ritz Theatre was located on Broadway Avenue at the corner of W. 4th Street. It was opened by the Martin Theatres chain in 1934. It was remodeled in the early-1940’s, and closed in 1955.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on May 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm

This may have been the Ritz at one point. This is a 1941 photo:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 12:22 am

Martin operated multiple theaters in Sylacauga, and the Ritz was opened by the circuit in 1934. They also operated a Sylacauga Theatre, which was closed when the Martin opened in 1951. The Ritz closed in 1955.

The Martin Theatre at Sylacauga was opened on June 5, 1951, according to Boxoffice magazine’s issue of July 28 that year. Boxoffice gave the seating capacity as 1,100, but an article in the June 9 issue had said it was 1,150. Though none of the items about this theater that I’ve found in Boxoffice give the name of the architect, it’s pretty much a certainty that it was designed by the circuit’s in-house architect for at least a quarter century, Rufus E. Bland.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

This website has a photo of the Ritz Theater. Scroll down to photo number eleven.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Here is a street photo showing the Ritz on the left. The Ritz was demolished and replaced by a library. Since Broadway & Noble Avenue do not intersect, we could use the library address which is 314 Broadway Avenue.

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