Ritz Theatre

10 S. Broadway,
Peru, IN 46970

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Early Photo of the front of the Ritz Theatre Peru Indiana

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The Ritz Theatre was opened prior to 1937. It was listed as (Closed) in 1941 and 1943 when it was part of the Alliance Theater Corp. They had reopened it by 1950, but it had closed by 1954.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 29, 2015 at 12:21 am

Was the Ritz ever known as the “Loomis” Theatre, or was there another “Loomis” Theatre building located either on this site (I don’t know the address), or elsewhere in Peru, Indiana? I have a listing for a Smith theatre pipe organ installed at such a theatre in 1921, but don’t have a page to put it. Thanks!

Also, is this Ritz’s building still standing? The buildings in the Google Map view look old enough, but I’m not sure. Thanks!

jmoore
jmoore on December 23, 2015 at 1:07 am

I remember working as a youth as a stocker for GC Murphy 5&10 next door to the Kruetzers Office Supply. Old Mr. Kruetzer advised me that a theatre had been in the building long ago when I asked about the back layout. None of the others ever mentioned it. Oddly enough on the fourth floor of the building right next to Kruetzers I found a fan that had “Loomis” on it. I was only 12 back then and unfortunately didn’t realize the history it carried. I doubt any of the artifacts of the old theatre are left inside now, but I think the front of what used to be Kruetzers is the same front that was the “Ritz” based on the photos I have seen. Unfortunately the Photo History seems to be lost. Perhaps the Miami County Museum Archives may have more information.

John_M_Moore
John_M_Moore on April 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm

It took quite a bit of research but we have confirmed that Mr. Barrett was correct about the Smith Organ, which appears to have been relocated to a church after the theatre closed its doors a final time in 1954. The old news image of the Ritz circa 1934 confirms the location was the Broadway address and was at least in part the building where Kruetzer’s was located. However the building was rebuilt in 1954 and gained a very different facia than it’s old movie days. As for the “Loomis” fan found in the attic storage area of the old GC Murphy’s store if finally makes sense. Based on the photo, and architectural clews, the end building incorporated into the GM Murphy’s was once linked to the theatre and served as storage. Sadly now the Old GC Murphy’s location appears from recent images on Google to be a desperate disrepair.. and in need of restoration. Our hope is that someone will wake up and take on the project before it is too late to do so. The old Wallace Grand Staircase and other clues of the era of the Ritz still exist in the upper floors of the old building that has housed everything from a clothing store to a dime store, to a pizza parlor. it would be sad to lose that too. As for the actual theatre, the side walls, and back wall still stand and much of the upper front remains the same as it did when the Ritz was alive and well.

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