Ritz San Jose
400 S. First Street,
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Previously operated by: Pussycat Theatres
Functions: Live Music Venue
Previous Names: Gay Theatre, Pussycat Theatre
Opened in June 1948 in a building which was once a garage, this theatre was named after the daughter of the promoter who conceived it. The Gay Theatre was the southernmost anchor of downtown San Jose’s S. 1st Street theatre district.
In the 1970’s, the Gay Theatre became the Pussycat Theatre, joining that chain of adult theatres, 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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