Ritz Theatre

810 N. 4th Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401

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The Ritz Theatre opened in 1940. It was owned and operated by Bijou Amusement Co. The Ritz Theatre was an African American theatre seating 517.

The Ritz Theatre closed in 1964 and has since been demolished.

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raysson
raysson on June 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

I saw an ad featured the Ritz Theatre in Wilmington showing “Carmen Jones”,and it was basically the only theatre in Wilmington and all of New Hanover County that showed this feature to African-American audiences. Other movies that played here were basically catered to black audiences when no other theatres in Wilmington would booked them……at the time the Downtown Wilmington theatres like the Bailey,the Manor,and the Colony were segregated.

The Ritz also played “Porgy and Bess”,“The World,The Flesh and the Devil”,“Sargeant Rutledge”,and “Nothing But A Man”,not to mention “Black Like Me” to name a few.

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