Ritz Theatre

134 S. 6th Street,
Plattsmouth, NE 68048

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Ritz Theatre

The Ritz Theatre opened in 1930 with seating listed at 300.

The theatre closed in 2000 and the building is still standing but the usage unknown. Any further info on the Ritz Theatre would be appreciated.

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alanmay
alanmay on August 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hello,

I was an owner of the Ritz from 1981-1989. We moved to Plattsmouth when I was stationed at nearby Offutt AFB. The theatre was up for sale and we learned it was the only theatre in Cass County. It was an investment/hobby for the family, and we opted to show G and PG movies. WE were opened only on week-ends and had a reduced price night on mondays.

The theatre did not have 300 seats when we owned it. More like 170 or so. The building was old and was our major expense. Upgrades were made in projection by eliminating the old carbon arcs to one projector with a xenon bulb and spliced all the reels on to one large one through a film distribution system.

We sold the Ritz in 1989. Ironically, another military local purchased it and later expanded by buying the Rex in nearby Glenwood, IA and the tri-plex in Nebraska City. Apparently, he was the last owner.

It was a great experience, but as with many small towns the audience was limited and many movie goers opted to travel to nearby Omaha to the larger venues.

Alan May
Bay Minette, AL

WilliaminOP
WilliaminOP on July 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Loved this place. I remember watching movies on Thursday night when it was $4.50 (I think) for everyone. Didn’t mind standing in line. Didn’t care if you only showed one movie a week. It was cheap for us kids, and we didn’t need to get a ride to watch the likes of E.T.. Wish there were pictures of what it looked like back in its prime for nostalgic sake.

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