Ritz Theatre

819 Lee Street,
Alexandria, LA 71501

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The Ritz Theatre was open in 1940. Seating was listed at 616 seats. This was a Negro Theatre operated by the Bijou Amusements. The Ritz Theatre was closed in the mid-1970’s. This was one of four negro theatres in Alexandria. It was demolished for a highway approach the same as the Ace Theatre.

Any additional information on the Ritz Theatre would be appreciated.

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The Ritz appears to have opened in November of 1939. The original building was consumed in a fire on May 16, 1951 which killed the fire captain. It rebuilt and appears to have closed March 30, 1971 as a grind house. Two months later, it reopened as the Alex Theatre relaunching in 1972 showing Blaxploitation films and appeared to go out of business in April of 1978. The theater’s equipment and materials are sold off in 1980 apparently to satisfy liens. The building is partially demolished and then finished off in 1982.

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