222 Wyoming Avenue,
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Built by vaudeville theatre magnate Sylvester Poli, the Poli Theatre opened in 1907 and was built for a then monumental sum of $250,000. A large vaudeville house, the Poli Theatre seated more than 2,000 patrons.
The Poli Theatre was later acquired by the Union Theater Company in 1924.
By the late-1920’s, the theatre began showing movies only and was renamed Ritz Theatre. In 1930, it was remodeled and renamed again as the Comerford Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Frank Walker.
The theatre lasted for decades and in its last years was a dollar house struggling against a local UA multiplex.
In the early-2000’s the Ritz Theatre, with its nearly 100 years of service closed — perhaps forever.
In 2008, the Ritz Theatre reopened as a dinner theater and restaurant, with a piano bar and club with live performances. However this was a short lived venture, which has now closed.
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