Ritz Theatre

438 Cherry Street,
Macon, GA 31201

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The Ritz Theatre opened in January 1928, with seating listed at 840 seats. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Lucas & Jenkins. This theatre was later operated by Georgia Theatre Co.

The theatre closed in the mid to late-1950’s. The building was later gutted and since 1986 it has become Theatre Macon.

Contributed by Chuck

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Cajun
Cajun on March 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I live in Macon, but grew up in Augusta so not real familar with the old movie houses here. My best recollection from visiting here back then was that it ended up as a b movie grind house before closing due to tv onslaught. Other downtown houses were Bibb, Capitol(now a bar/concert hall), and Grand(now the Grand Opera House) which has plays and concerts.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on May 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

Another date discrepancy with the Theatre Organ Database which lists a II/4 Robert Morton pipe organ installed at Macon’s Ritz Theatre in 1927. Maybe the theatre changed hands in 1930? Maybe the database is just wrong?

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on March 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Theatre Macon is located in the former Ritz Theatre site, that said, the old Ritz was completely gutted to make room for Theatre Macon. I don’t believe the Hummingbird was ever located in the old Ritz, it is actually located two doors down the street in the former Macon Billards Academy building. The Ritz was the only theatre on Cherry Street (the Main Street in downtown Macon) one of a half dozen theatres in Macon. I remember seeing a Randoph Scott movie on a Sunday afternoon in the early fifties.

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