Cinema 63

121 E. Main Street,
Ansted, WV 25812

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Letter to Ritz Theatre projectionist

The Lyric Theatre was opened prior to 1915. It was renamed Ritz Theatre in 1935, when it was listed with 245 seats. It still operated under the Ritz name in 1950 when the seating capacity was given as 412. It was renamed Cinema 63 in August 1978.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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kpkilburn2
kpkilburn2 on March 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

Google Street View of where the Ritz/Cinema 63 was in Anstead, WV. The building is now a V.F.W. post.

http://goo.gl/maps/qAIGI

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Clickable version of street view. The V.F.W. Hall is in between Blue Smoke at 119 E. Main and Subway at 123 E. Main, so Cinema 63’s address must have been 121 E. Main.

As the Ritz opened in 1935, it was probably an earlier house called the Lyric Theatre renamed. The July 16, 1935, issue of The Film Daily said: “Ansted, W. V. — Skaggs and Ruffner have reopened the Lyric.” Though the item doesn’t mention a name change, the 1934 FDY lists only the Lyric Theatre, with 245 seats, at Ansted, and the 1935 FDY lists only the Ritz Theatre, again with 245 seats. Sounds like a name change to me.

The Lyric Theatre, Ansted, West Virginia, with 250 seats, was on a list of movie theaters published in the January 2, 1915, issue of The Billboard, so it was a pretty old house.

kpkilburn2
kpkilburn2 on March 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

Just a note, the Ritz had a balcony, but it was not open to the public while the theater was the Cinema 63. We (family) were allowed to sit up there, but after watching a movie once or twice, I spent my time in the projection booth.

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