Ritz San Jose
400 S. First Street,
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Opened in June 1948 in a building which was once a garage, this theater was named after the daughter of the promoter who conceived it. The Gay Theatre was the southernmost anchor of downtown San Jose’s South First Street theater district.
In the 1970’s, the Gay Theatre became the Pussycat Theatre, joining that chain of adult theaters, and in 1989, with the ongoing revitalization of downtown, it became the F/X nightclub, and the marquee was restored.
Unfortunately, with the more recent incarnation as The Usual, another club, the marquee was severely altered and stripped of neon, making the building appear more…well, usual. Later occupied by the club Spy, the building then became the nightclub, Angels Ultra Lounge & Cabaret. By 2015 it was a live music venue name Ritz San Jose.
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