Ritz Theatre

103 E. Virginia Street,
McKinney, TX 75069

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Ritz Theatre ... McKinney Texas

The Ritz Theatre is a two-story brick commercial block building. The Ritz Theatre opened October 28, 1928 and premiered the film “Our Dancing Daughters” starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian and Anita Page, and was directed by Harry Beaumont. The film was considered to be an extremely important film for many reasons. For the first time, Joan Crawford revealed her real acting abilities in a meaty role. Its place in the transition between silent films and talkies is also important, as it was one of the last great silent films in the late-1920’s that preserved forever how sound was gradually incorporated into MGM’s major productions. The theatre installed air conditioned in 1929 and stayed in operation until the 1960’s.

Eventually the building was purchased and rehabilitated into a multi-purpose facility providing retail and service space on the bottom floors and office space on the upper floors.

Contributed by Kevin Taylor

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AndreasP on October 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

Photo in April 2017: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:McKinney_April_2017_002_(The_Ritz_Theatre).jpg

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