Ritz Theatre

107 Broadway,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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Opened on February 4, 1914 as Cohen’s Opera House. In 1926 it became the State Theatre and showed vaudeville and movies. Renovated and renamed the Ritz Theatre in 1933, it became exclusively a movie venue. In 1969 it was twinned and given the name Cinemas I & II. As downtown Newburgh deteriorated so did the cinema becoming home to B-movies and porn until it eventually closed in November of 1981.

In February 1999 James Deyo who owned the Hotel Newburgh next door reopened the Ritz Theatre, which by this time had been carved up into four screens discount venue. Attempts to play second-run and Spanish language movies flopped. The theatre closed again in June 1999 after selling only 700 tickets in its 17 weeks in business.

The Hotel Newburgh next door is now supportive housing run by Safe Harbors of the Hudson. They began to restore the Ritz Theatre back into a live performing arts space in 2009.

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ritztheaternewburgh on September 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

2011-12 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series Dates Announced! Musicians to Honor Legendary Guitar Maker as Series Continues for Fourth Year

The Ritz Theater and La Bella Strings, in association with the Bardavon, are pleased to announce the lineup for the fourth season of the Tom Humphrey Guitar Series. Tickets are available beginning September 28 for $25 each, please call the Ritz Theater Box Office at (845) 784-1199. Seating is limited, purchase tickets to all five shows by October 5 and receive reserved seating in the first four rows! For more information please email

Marcel on March 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Anyone have photos looking up or down Broadway when the Ritz Theatre was Cinema I and II? Thanks

Tinseltoes on April 25, 2012 at 3:26 am

Many years of advertising for the Ritz and other Newburgh theatres can be found here: google

Tinseltoes on April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

After extensive renovations by owner Eugene Levy, the State re-opened as the Ritz Theatre on Thanksgiving Eve, November 29th, 1933. The Ritz would have two program changes weekly, presenting a new movie with “Big Time” vaudeville from Thursday through Saturday, and a new movie with short subjects on Monday through Wednesday. In that era, Newburgh had a “blue law” requiring theatres to close on Sundays. The first film shown at the Ritz was Fox’s B&W El Brendel comedy, “Olsen’s Big Moment,” with singer Miriam “Babe” Miller and comedians Gene Gory and Fred Werner heading the stage bill. On opening night only, radio singer Johnny Marvin and film/stage star Bernice Claire traveled from NYC to add glitter to the stage proceedings. From Monday through Friday, the Ritz gave one afternoon show starting at 2:15pm, and two evening performances at approximately 7:00 and 9:00pm. On Saturdays only, performances were continuous from 2:00pm. From Thursday through Saturday, matinee prices were 30 cents for all seats, and 10 cents for children. Evenings were 50 cents for orchestra and mezzanine, 25 cents for balcony, and 15 cents for children. From Monday through Wednesday, when no vaudeville was presented, all matinee seats were 25 cents; in the evenings, orchestra and mezzanine were priced at 40 cents, and the balcony at 25 cents.

Tinseltoes on June 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

Here’s a recent news report on the Ritz re-development: midhudsonnews

ritztheaternewburgh on September 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

The Ritz Theater and Newburgh Veterinary Hospital, in association with the Bardavon, are pleased to announce the first concert of the 2012-13 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series. On Saturday, September 29 at 8 PM, Rory Block will perform. Rory Block has become one of the world’s most important preservers of the roots of American blues music and an uncompromisingly mature artist. Her playing and her singing are always otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.

The concert will be held in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the Ritz Theater Box Office at (845) 784-1199. For your convenience we accept all major credit cards. Tickets may also be purchased through TicketWeb at (866) 468-7619, www.ticketweb.com. All tickets are general admission and include a reception with the musicians immediately following the concert. Seating is limited.

ritztheaternewburgh on September 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

Check out our website for the concert lineup for the 2012-13 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the last remaining historic theater in Newburgh, NY http://www.ritztheaternewburgh.org

Tinseltoes on September 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

According to the current marquee, this is the Ritz Theatre (not Ritz Theater). Listing needs to be changed.

ritztheaternewburgh on September 19, 2012 at 3:29 am

Thank you for your comment Tinseltoes. When the Ritz first opened in 1933 it was named the Ritz Theatre. The theater and building has since changed hands and been renamed over the decades (for example it was Cinema I Cinema II for a while). Since purchasing the building in 2002, we are established as a non-profit organization and named the Ritz Theater Newburgh, Inc. (a 501 © (3) organization). We are harkening back to the original name as closely as we can. The current Marquee is in need of restoration, and should be completed by this fall. Please stay tuned for updates!

Tinseltoes on February 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

Update on renovations: hymag

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