Ritz Theatre

4509 8th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Ritz Theatre

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The Ritz Theatre was opened on March 25, 1926. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual theatre organ. Closed in 1960, the Ritz Theatre name still can seen above the entrance to its current use as a supermarket.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2004 at 10:02 am

This Ritz Theater is close to the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2004 at 10:22 am

The 8th Ave Ritz is in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Bway
Bway on December 14, 2004 at 6:50 pm

I believe 2085 Myrtle Ave is the building that now houses a Blockbuster Video store. The building was a furniture store, and had a huge marquee on the front. It was across from the A&P (now Food Dynasty). In the early 1980’s, “Roman Furniture” redid the entire fascade of the building, and removed the marquee (I remember them doing this). Eventually, they went out of business, and Blockbuster Video moved in.
Of course, 2085 is in the old system, not the new Queens system. The RKO Madison Theater was 1562 Myrtle Avenue in the old system and the old address for the Belvedere was 2576 Myrtle Avenue. That would put this Ritz theater about half way between the Madison and Belvedere theaters. Being an odd number it would be on the same side of Myrtle as the Ridgewood theater.
This would lead us right to about the site of the Blockbuster Video building. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the building istelf looked like before the early 1980’s fascade resurfacing. I only remember the marquee. I believe this is the location of the Ritz Theater. The Blockbuster Video’s current address is 60-15 Myrtle Avenue.

Theaterat
Theaterat on April 19, 2005 at 11:30 am

Posted by Theaterat for PhilPhil. The Ritz theater on th Av and 46th st. was hardky ritzy! This was a long and narrow theater with 2 blocks of seats seperated by three aisles. The theater kind of resembled the Harbor inside, but with no balcony or deco features.t was a dirty last run house that generally showed 2 movies. My aunt lived around the corner on 46th st. between 8th and 9 th. aves, so that is how I got to know this theater. There usually was a rowdy crowd, and a noisy one too. I went there a few times, but I nevet really liked to go there. Local residents used to call this theater “the Ratz”. Posted by Theaterat for PhilPhil

theseles
theseles on June 23, 2005 at 6:50 pm

The Ritz Theatre on 8th Ave and 46th Street, Brooklyn holds many fond memories for me. I remember going there for Saturday Matinees and 10 cartoons would be shown along with the regular 2 features. Once in a while they did other things like have model plane races in the theatre with the planes hanging on wires strung from the rear up to the stage area. Other times they gave dishes away to parents. I remember the (hefty) matron dressed in white that was quick to respond with a flashlight in your eyes and a stern warning that “you’ll get kicked out” if you don’t stop (whatever it was you might be doing). It wasn’t the cleanest theatre, but it was a place to spend a Saturday afternoon during the mid 1940’s to mid 1950’s for me. The day World War II was over, I had just come out of the Ritz and people were in the streets banging pans together to celebrate the end of the war.

Theaterat
Theaterat on July 26, 2005 at 2:44 pm

Ken Sele…One of my friends mother lived on 43rd St near 8th. Av. When I read your post, I remember her saying the same thing about the “pots and pans” celebration on the neighborhood.I was only about 3 years old at the time, but I bet it was a happy and memorable occasion.I remember the Ritz too, and clean it definately was not! Posted by Theaterat for Phil Phil

allioni
allioni on March 31, 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Ritz Movie Theatre on 8th Avenue and 46th Street was just up the corner from where I lived. I went at a very young age, alone, childrens section, about three times a week. I must have seen 100s of movies, old and new. I remember the cartoons on Saturday, one right after the other, and remember contests, like the yo yo contests. This would be in the late 40s early 50s. I became an expert in movie stars and movies before I was 12.

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

The Theater appears to be being used as a supermarket. Any historic ornamentation survive inside?

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jflundy
jflundy on October 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The NY Times for October 22 1959 has a short article reporting that the Ritz Theatre at “Broadway and Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, owned by the Interboro chain of theaters has been sold to the K. L. & G. Real Estate Corp.” “The theatre section will be converted to a Dan’s Supermarket while a store has been leased to the Imperial chain of cleaning stores”.

Basileo
Basileo on August 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

For some reason my brother and I never went to the Ritz very much and we lived just a few blocks down on 44th St near N.U. The one time I remember going was during a major snow storm in the late 40’s or early 50s. The Loews 46th and Boro Park were are main theaters.

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