Ritz Theatre

6337 W. Roosevelt Road,
Berwyn, IL 60402

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The Ritz opened in 1926 and was closed in 1978. In 1986, the Ritz was gutted and converted into the Atrium Court condominiums, which still stands at Roosevelt and Ridgeland. The facade of the former theater building was retained.

Contributed by Michael Kuecker

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MKuecker on October 26, 2007 at 10:17 am

I stand corrected. The Ritz somehow got put in the same archives as The Oakwyn. – The Oakwyn is now a Teamsters HQ. I’m going to let The Theatre Historical Society know that they have some errors.
Thanks to Doug Deuthler’s books. I only own Berwyn, but I want to get a copy of Cicero too. I just can’t find it now, nor afford it.
I’m undergoing cancer treatments, and my insurance isn’t covering much. (Hey, we’re in Illinois, we take what we can get.) Thank you for the correction AKC Bob Jensen.

kevincon on October 26, 2007 at 11:54 am

Charles, I’ll get you a copy of Cicero and Oak Park if you like. Let me know how you want me to get them to you, ie PO box or delivery address. Kevincon

josephdkovarik on March 24, 2008 at 5:15 am

There sure was a fire there in the late 70’s.My grandfater was a retired Berwyn firefighter,so my dad knew the lieutenant in charge.We lived a block away at 1222 highland ave.,and went over there when we heard the fire engines.It was a small fire confined to a closet across from the candy counter.The guy my dad knew took us inside.Over the next few years I had a number of chances to go inside. It was closed,and the electic and water were turned off.I can picture the entire building.It was almost an entire block long.The sub-basement regularly fodded and had to be pumped out.Once the electric was off the sump pumps were obviously not working.Wish I had kept some of the items that were no doubt discarded,like the vaudeville trunk with orange clown shoes in it along with other costumes.

MKuecker on March 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Kevincon, please email me directly for my postal address
email me at And thank you so much in advance. :)

MKuecker on May 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Someone somewhere must have pictures of the interior of The Ritz! The Theatre Historical Society has nothing at all. :(

josephdkovarik on May 26, 2008 at 3:40 am

My grandma might have some pictures of the Ritz.I’m going to look through some of the boxes of pictures.My family owned a house less than a block away from the Ritz from 1926 to 1992.I could see the Ritz from home at 1222 Highland ave.

MKuecker on May 26, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Thanks josephdkovarik :)
It would help a lot.

Movieguy10 on June 27, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Does anyone remember that a kid was accidently shot by his brother in the theater in the 60’s? I was there and heard the shot go off. It sounded so loud in there. Some boys broke into a home and stole some guns and hid in the theater. One boy was sitting behind his brother and the gun went off, and the bullet went thruogh the seat into his brothers back. Does anyone have knowledge or information about this?

kevincon on July 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm

josephdkovarik, I’m very interested in seeing pictures of the Ritz Theater. You can e-mail me at

WaltMarcis on November 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

My grandparents used to live only a couple blocks north of the intersection of Ridgeland/Roosevelt. I remember going to the Ritz as a kid. I recall they used to have closed circuit Black Hawk games shown there when they were in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1971.

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