Ritz Theatre

Queen Street,
New Bern, NC 28560

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This was one of two movie theatres within Craven County that catered to African-Americans. The seating capacity is 400.

The Ritz Theatre was operating from at least 1949 until 1955, and beyond.

Contributed by raysson

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Anyone know the address, have more info or photos?

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on January 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

There are two buildings in New Bern’s Five Points neighborhood (the area surrounding the intersection of Broad, Queen and Roundtree Streets) that look like former African-American movie theaters. One is the Arabian Temple on the 1000 block of Queen Street; the other is located approximately 1028-1030 Broad Street. The Broad Street building has what looks like the outline of a box office in front of the present doors, while the Arabian Temple looks more like a post-World War II movie theater. Both look like former theaters but I don’t know which was the Ritz or the name of the other theater.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on January 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

The Broad Street theater has been listed on CT by Lost Memory as the Palace Theatre; the Ritz Theatre was most likely located in the building on Queen Street now housing the Arabian Temple.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

If the Ritz was located at 1027 Broad Street it would have been directly across the street from the Palace Theatre and behind the Queen Street theater; any building at 1027 Broad Street would have been demolished by the late 1960s to make way for a large self-service gas station (which has itself been demolished).

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