Ritz Theatre

313 Pendleton Street,
Waycross, GA

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Ritz Theatre

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Opened June 1913, as a vaudeville, opera and live performance theater under the management of Fred Brewer.

In 1917, its name was changed to the Orpheum Theatre, and continued to be used for vaudeville and live performance.

In 1935, extensive interior and exterior renovations were made by noted Jacksonville, Florida Art Deco architect Roy A. Benjamin. The theater was renamed the Ritz Theatre and and is noted as “South Georgia’s finest theatre” and pledges to run first run films only. It continued as a movie theater until 1977.

In 1986, the Ritz again returned to the performance arts when Waycross Area Community Theatre purchased the building for live community theater productions.

Contributed by Erica J. Taylor

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

jeffords on February 24, 2005 at 2:32 pm

Website for Waycross Area Community Theater www.wactatritz.net

teecee on April 2, 2005 at 3:36 pm

Photos here (note cross reference back to CT!):
View link

jeffords on May 9, 2006 at 2:01 pm

New website for Waycross Area Community Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 3, 2006 at 11:42 am

This is a recent photo of the Ritz theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Here is a newer photo from the same photographer.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 9:53 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia” pg. 551, there was a “Palace” theatre in Waycross that had a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. I could not find the page for the Palace so I am putting this here for the time being.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 6, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Website. Address: 309 Pendleton Street Phone: 283.2161

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

The Ritz Theatre on April 26 1970 is playing “GAILY,GAILY” rated GP. on April 30 1970 “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” plays with an R rating,but on the ad “NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED” oh well, Local standards.

rivest266 on December 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

This opened on May 10th, 1935.
grand opening ad is at View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

“LIKE A CROW ON A JUNE BUG”,filmed in Valdosta,Ga.almost the next town over,opens at the RITZ. Rated R with Mercedes McCambridge starring with a bunch of no names.

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