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 11:45 pm

Anyone know the address, have more info or photos?

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on January 31, 2014 at 6:26 am

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 11:27 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2014 at 1:08 am

A 1951-52 New Bern, N.C. City Directory gives an address of 1027 Broad Street for the Ritz Theatre. If the address given is accurate, the Ritz wasn’t located too far from the Palace Theatre.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 4, 2014 at 3:40 am

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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