Ritz Theater

226 S. Market Street,
Inglewood, CA 90301

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CStefanic on June 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

Is the projection equipment still available?

MagicLantern on July 15, 2010 at 3:14 am

Built in 1937, according to that defunct Loopnet listing.

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Interesting photo of when it was a LOEWS.

Mike Tiano
Mike Tiano on September 27, 2009 at 3:20 am

I grew up in Inglewood in the 1960s, and remember the Ritz well. They were a bit clueless about pairing films for their double features—I’ll never forget the double feature of “McHale’s Navy” (the big screen version of the inane TV series) with “Lady in a Cage” (an intense, largely mature-themed thriller).

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm

This is from Boxoffice in June 1958:

LOS ANGELES-Helm-Hoffman Enterprises, in which Phillip Hoffman and Bob Hellman are partners, has purchased Wendell Smith’s Ritz Inglewood Theatre Corp. and will operate the 700-seat theatre on an alternate first-run and seven-day availability schedule.

kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The asking price has dropped to 599K. Here are some June 2009 photos:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

The Ritz is listed in 1955 with 708 seats.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Let me know when they get down to about 100K. I think I can get that together.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

The prices on many of those LoopNet theaters are dropping. If someone is really interested in purchasing the theater they can just click on the link.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

No, I think it’s more interesting that they slashed the price so soon. If you listen to the Inglewood city government, Market Street is perpetually a month away from turning the corner, gentrification-wise. This has been going on since I moved to LA in 1984. I’d like to see how much they are asking in a month.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I guess that message is for the people that are to lazy to click on the LoopNet link that I posted.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Attention K Mart shoppers: the price dropped $50,000 in two days. Now $699,000.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

For sale on LoopNet. Asking price is $749,000.

JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 10:32 am

New book-length Pussycat Theatre history from the San Diego Reader:
View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 27, 2007 at 10:59 pm

This is a recent photo of the Ritz Theater building which is for lease or sale.

kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 10:16 am

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on August 28, 2007 at 9:13 pm

In 1963, the Ritz was operated by Allied Theatres of California. Other Allied theaters at the time were the Nubel in Bellflower, the Compton, the Vogue in South Gate, the Boulevard in Los Angeles, the Arden in Lynwood and the Ritz in Ontario.

kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 1:15 pm

It looks like the church is moving out. The building is for sale.

kencmcintyre on July 13, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Check out this film that was playing at the Ritz on 2/5/60. I would see it if Lloyd and Chaplin were in it, but the Jr. part makes me a little leery:

An Albert Zugsmith Production


Starring Mamie Van Doren Mel Torme Maggie Hayes Ray Anthony

Guest Stars Elinor Donahue Sheila Graham Harold Lloyd, Jr.
Charles Chaplin, Jr. and the Platters

miamore73 on December 9, 2005 at 12:44 pm

The old pussycat theater is now a church. I have an uncle that worked there for a while in the 80’s. Mr. David maybe you can call the city of Inglewood to find out who the current owner is. They may have information on what happened to the marquee.

MagicLantern on October 2, 2004 at 7:46 pm

After moviemanforever’s comment ended on the old board after “…and waited for the movie to start.”, he continued: “Just as I had finished about half of the weenie, I bit into a folded piece of paper – it was the free pass!! I used it a couple of nights later to see – yes – "Good Times” (Sonny & Cher) plus “Ride The Wild Surf” (Fabian, Tab Hunter, and a bleached blonde Shelley Fabares). The Ritz didn’t have the prestige of the UA, Fox, or Academy in Inglewood. However, considering the diversity of films shown there and the conversion into the Cine, it was, without a doubt, the most interesting."

MagicLantern on October 2, 2004 at 7:44 pm

It’s now operating as some kind of community centre.