Ritz Theater

226 S. Market Street,
Inglewood, CA 90301

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CStefanic
CStefanic on June 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Is the projection equipment still available?

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 15, 2010 at 8:14 am

Built in 1937, according to that defunct Loopnet listing.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Interesting photo of when it was a LOEWS.

Mike Tiano
Mike Tiano on September 27, 2009 at 8:20 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
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2009 at 2:39 am

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
kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 4:25 am

The asking price has dropped to 599K. Here are some June 2009 photos:
http://tinyurl.com/lto72n
http://tinyurl.com/lcedom
http://tinyurl.com/nenh3q

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2009 at 2:36 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2009 at 2:25 am

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

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2c9zae

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 2:13 am

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
kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 6:15 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 13, 2007 at 6:21 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

GIRLS TOWN

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
miamore73 on December 9, 2005 at 5:44 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
MagicLantern on October 3, 2004 at 12:46 am

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
MagicLantern on October 3, 2004 at 12:44 am

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

tbdavid
tbdavid on April 10, 2004 at 11:43 pm

My Father owned This theater when it was a “Pussycat”. I am trying to find one of the old marquees. You know, the oval with the Ms. Pussycat silouette" That was a silouette of my mom. If you have any infoo about any of the pussycat marquees PLEASE let me know.

Tim David
510 East Durant Ave.
Aspen, Co 81611
970.309.3991

CaptainBlood
CaptainBlood on December 30, 2003 at 3:33 pm

Who cares, Tarantino is evil. Not even cool. Now really, would you turn your back on this guy. Or want him dating your sister or your pet for that matter. He’s really a special fella and boy can he attract the no talent film students and the followers you know people that just follow. Dose anybody with a brain think that Bruce Willis and john travolta had nothing to do with Pulp Fiction? How come they stayed hot while Quentin (Mr. Handsom) fell off the face of the earth. That sucker tried everything to stay A list. I guess time will tell. Anybody remember Oliver Stone?

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on December 11, 2003 at 5:41 pm

Tarantino worked at the one in Torrance, which was formerly the Stadium theater.

Todd
Todd on December 11, 2003 at 3:08 pm

I believe, according to a recent article in the New Yorker, Quentin Tarintino worked at this theatre when it was The Pussycat.

William
William on October 21, 2002 at 9:31 pm

The Ritz theatre was located at 226 S. Market St.