226 S. Market Street,
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The Ritz Theater was located in downtown Inglewood on Market Street, just South of the Fox Theater, U.A. Theater, and Inglewood Theater. The Ritz Theater was built in 1937, and was listed in the independent theater section of the L.A. Times.
During the 1960’s, the Ritz Theater presented first and second-run features. In addition, non-mainstream films like "Mondo Cane," "Lolita," and "Dr. Strangelove" played the Ritz Theater. Here’s something really interesting: Over the period of about a year, the screen was moved forward into the auditorium, then back, then forward again. (I swear, I wasn’t on drugs! This really happened!)
In the late-1960’s, the theater was remodeled and the name was changed to the Cine. At that time, it was operated by Loews. A new marquee was put in place, the lobby was remodeled, and the auditorium was decorated with blue curtains, including riser curtains for the screen. The opening feature after the remodeling was "The Bible."
When "I Am Curious (Yellow)" played the Cine, the program was shut down. I remember walking by and seeing no letters on the marquee. A few years later, Russ Meyer’s "Vixen" played the theater without incident. In the early-1970’s, the Cine continued to present mainstream films, but the neighborhood changed and so did the audience. People would attend the theater and, when the program started, they would jump onto the riser curtains and be pulled up to the top of the screen. This led to the machinery breaking down.
The theater became a Pussycat house in the mid-1970’s. When Pussycat left, the theater became an independent, second-run house for a brief period. Then, it became a community center, then a church, which has since move out.
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