Ritz Theater

1323 Main Street,
Columbia, SC 29201

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Dennishawley on June 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I was doing a search for Wilby Kinsey, as my father worked for him managing theaters in the southeast, mostly Florida. He managed the Ritz when I was a child, in the mid-1950s, before transferring to Florida. I have only the vaguest memory of it, as I was only 4 or 5 at the time. Still, it was nice to find this picture.

reg41 on February 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I grew up 55 miles from Columbia, but the Ritz is the only Columbia theatre that I attended. I saw “The Bridges at Toko-ri” in the early 1950’s, and “The Hanging Tree” in 1959 as a high school senior. Between those two movies, the theatre had been given the “Skouras treatment” with new thickly padded seats, and light green curtains covering all the walls. I belive the admission in 1959 was 85 cents.