Ritz Theater

715 N. Chaparral Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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Corpus Christi Ritz (2012)

Opened by the Robb and Rowley Circuit in 1929, then operated by United Artists, and later closed as a movie theater in August 1972. It was used for concerts until 1989, hosting stars such as Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson. Later it was used for theatrical performances.

Now it is closed, but restoration work is ongoing.

Contributed by Howard Karsh

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HMRogers on July 11, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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

kencmcintyre on May 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

Here are two photos from 1936 and 1937, respectively:

Vnessuh on August 13, 2008 at 4:54 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 8:43 pm

August 2009 photo of the Ritz:
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spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 8:47 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 8:48 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 12:51 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 9:47 am

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

DavidZornig on March 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

1970’s photo added courtesy of Derek Galvan.

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