Ritz Theatre

4509 8th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Basileo
Basileo on August 26, 2011 at 9:46 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.

jflundy
jflundy on October 16, 2009 at 1:31 am

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”.

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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

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allioni
allioni on March 31, 2009 at 8:14 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Two exterior photos of the current building can be seen midway through the new article about Sunset Park at www.forgotten-ny.com

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2007 at 12:24 am

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in the Ritz Theater in 1926.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 4, 2005 at 2:34 pm

A C/O was issued for a new building at this address on May 7, 1926. Purpose of building: 1080 seat motion picture theater.

Theaterat
Theaterat on July 26, 2005 at 10:44 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

theseles
theseles on June 24, 2005 at 2:50 am

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 April 19, 2005 at 7:30 pm

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

Bway
Bway on December 15, 2004 at 2:50 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2004 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Ken. Since I cannot find a 2085 Fulton St address, I’m going to believe that the Ritz theater was on Myrtle ave and research it from there.

KenRoe
KenRoe on December 13, 2004 at 6:22 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2004 at 6:09 pm

The 8th Avenue Ritz theater or the Fulton St Ritz theater is in Sunset Park?

KenRoe
KenRoe on December 13, 2004 at 6:02 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2004 at 5:58 pm

I did a real estate search for 2085 Fulton Street and there is no such address. 2083 Fulton Street is listed as a Church built in 1910.
New Hope Pentecostal Church
2083 Fulton St
Brooklyn Ny 11233
The next address is 2091 Fulton Street and that is listed as an Industrial Factory built in 1924.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2004 at 5:32 pm

Okay, the Ritz theater that I found for Ridgewood is the same one that Warren mentioned. CJDV is saying that it wasn’t on Myrtle ave, it was located on Fulton St instead. I also found a Ritz theater on a 1925 silent theater listing. There are three Ritz theaters on that list.
Ritz (180th)
Ritz (Myrtle)
Ritz (Port Richmond)
I don’t know where the (180th) Ritz was located but there are no Brooklyn Ritz theaters on that list. Here is the link to that silent theater listing:
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KenRoe
KenRoe on December 10, 2004 at 7:59 pm

This Ritz Theater, located on 4509 8th Avenue at 46th Street opened in 1927 and closed in 1960. A seating capacity of 1,037 is given in the Film Daily Yearbook 1930. As stated in the main text, it is currently a supermarket.

cjdv
cjdv on October 3, 2004 at 6:49 pm

The 1926 Film Daily Yearbook seems to have erred again. There was a Ritz Theatre in 1926 but it was at 2085 Fulton Street. It opened around 1917 as the LeRoy (sc. 600). For a couple of years in the mid-1920s, the theatre was known as the Ritz. By the end of the decade it was the Paragon and is listed in the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook under that name and with the correct address. LeRoy/Ritz/Paragon closed around 1933.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 19, 2004 at 4:01 pm

According to the 1926 Film Daily Year Book, there was also a 600-seat Ritz Theatre at 2085 Myrtle Avenue. Whatever became of it? I can’t trace it because the street numbering system has changed since then. It’s possible that the Ritz was re-named and is already listed here.

William
William on November 17, 2003 at 9:31 pm

The Ritz Theatre was located at 4509 8th Ave. and it seated 1005 people.