312 W. Main Street,
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The Stella Opera House opened in 1916. It was renamed Stella Theater in 1918 when it began to screen motion pictures. It was renamed Ritz Theater on September 21, 1936 and was closed as a movie theatre in 1999. In 2000 it was used for special events.
From an article in the Kansas City Star 6/21/03:
85-year-old eastern Kansas theater located in Council Grove was purchased by a Lawrence, KS businessman in 2001 but he says that he will give it to anyone who will spend the estimated $400,000 to repair and save the theater.
It was built in 1918 by T.W. Whiting, named for his daughter, hosted live musicals and theater productions and showed daily silent movies. Last movie shown there in 1999, final live performance the following year.
Needed repairs include bringing the restrooms into compliance with disability laws, and a leaking roof.
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