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

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WACT
WACT on November 11, 2004 at 12:16 pm

On April 11, 1977, the Amusement Company (L. B. Harrell) gave the Ritz Theatre, the Dianna Shop property (now known as the Pondview Bed and Breakfast),and the Carver Theatre (Oak Street) to the South Georgia Home for the Aged, Inc. The Ritz Theatre building was returned to The United Theatre Enterprises (formerly known as the Amusement Company) on February 24, 1986. The last movies were shown in 1984. On May 6, 1986, the theatre was purchased by the Waycross Area Community Theatre. The building was always a theatre and was never used as a home for the elderly. (information from deeds recorded in the Ware County Courthouse, courtesy of Judy Williams Nation)

jeffords
jeffords on February 24, 2005 at 6:32 am

Website for Waycross Area Community Theater www.wactatritz.net

teecee
teecee on April 2, 2005 at 6:36 am

Photos here (note cross reference back to CT!):
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jeffords
jeffords on May 9, 2006 at 6:01 am

New website for Waycross Area Community Theater.
ritzdowntown.com

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 1:53 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 2:26 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
rivest266 on December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

“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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