Ritz Theater

Noel Street,
Memphis, TX 79245

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Ritz Theater - Memphis, Texas 2007

The Ritz Theater was operating by 1932, and continued until at least 1966.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 1, 2010 at 6:07 am

Open 1935-1955?

Need an address more info and photos.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

From a 2010 a photo the the Ritz Theater building in Memphis.

imaxman
imaxman on February 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

I worked at the Ritz in 1966 or 67 for about 2 weeks before we moved on. Someone in town was just doing a new reopening after being closed for a while. The movies were “Flight of the Phoenix”, and “My Fair Lady”. as second run (cheap for a small theater). I was projectionist and theater janitor at end of night. The projectors were Motigraph 35mm. with hand slide change over for the picture. There was an operating drive in theater, where I met the towns regular projectionist. I only remember his nickname which was “Burbon”. Menphis was a dry town, I think there is a story behind that, but I will protect the innocent. I was still in my mid-teens.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 28, 2018 at 6:08 pm

There are Sanborn maps on line for Memphis TX for 1908, 1914, 1920, 1924 and 1931. None show a theatre on Noel Street, which narrows the Ritz’s construction date a little.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2018 at 8:13 pm

The Ritz was first listed in the FDY in 1932, with 450 seats. Because a house called the Gem Theatre, also with 450 seats, was last listed by the FDY in 1931, I thought perhaps that there was simply a name change, but if the earlier Sanborn maps show no theaters on Noel Street I guess couldn’t have been that.

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