Ritz Theater

715 N. Chaparral Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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Corpus Christi Ritz (2012)

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Opened by the Robb and Rowley Circuit, then operated by United Artists, and later closed as a movie theater in August 1972. It was used for concerts in the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. Later in the 1980’s it was used for theatrical performances.

Now it is closed, but restoration work is ongoing.

Contributed by Howard Karsh

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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on December 1, 2006 at 10:08 am

Let’s take this discussion offline, everyone. I don’t want to see this theater page became yet another flame war.

If the Ritz is being restored, that’s a good thing. We can disagree about what makes a good “restoration”, but CCPATCH should get some credit for trying to do the right thing.

HMRogers on July 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

How do I find this photo of the Ritz Theatre submitted 11 July 2007?

kencmcintyre on May 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Here are two photos from 1936 and 1937, respectively:

Vnessuh on August 13, 2008 at 7:54 am

The Gulf Coast Ghost Hunters Association is doing Ghost Hunts at The Ritz every month. It’s $15 per person(must be 18+).

sarider on September 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

August 2009 photo of the Ritz:
View link

spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

They have been holding a number of fundraidingevents, some of them at the theatre itself, haunted halloween and ghost hunting type events in fall of 2010.

spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Interesting – the Ritz has a long lobby from the street and also, straight back, a long and narrow auditorium.

CSWalczak on February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

A recent article about the effort to restore the Ritz, including an interior photo that will enlarge if clicked upon: View link.

dfwcre8tive on March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The building has been listed on the 2012 list of Texas' Most Endangered Places. Here’s an article from a recent tour of the Ritz Theatre: http://www.unvisiteddallas.com/archives/1342

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