Ritz Theatre

10 S. Broadway,
Peru, IN 46970

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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.

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