Ritz Theatre

107 Broadway,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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Tinseltoes on February 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

Update on renovations: hymag

ritztheaternewburgh on September 19, 2012 at 6:29 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 September 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

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

ritztheaternewburgh on September 18, 2012 at 9:29 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

ritztheaternewburgh on September 18, 2012 at 9:28 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.

Tinseltoes on June 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

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

Tinseltoes on April 30, 2012 at 11:09 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 April 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

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

Marcel on March 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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

ritztheaternewburgh on September 28, 2011 at 8:02 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

Tinseltoes on September 28, 2011 at 6:48 am

A disturbing article in the October 3 issue of New York Magazine calls Newburgh the “Murder Capital” of New York State. What’s the nearest cinema for the villains to attend? Here’s a link: nymag

Tinseltoes on June 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

Doesn’t Google Maps provide visual coverage of Newburgh, NY? I was suprised not to find a street view when opening this listing.

robboehm on March 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

It’s interesting that of the 17 Newburgh theatres listed on CT only two are open; both are single screen. One goes back to the beginning of the 20th century the other is in the beginning of the 21st.

spectrum on December 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Well, theyove reopened while the restoration continues. They have concerts taking place and their website is http://www.ritztheaternewburgh.org/

StAnn160 on June 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

I think it’s sad that someone has to bring up the article above. This thread was all about fond memories and the granduer that was Newburgh way back when, and how its slowly returning to that. Siting the article above has no bearing on the topic at hand (Cinemas), and only creates the image that Newburgh is a place you have to fear. There are a lot of wondeful things in Newburgh today, maybe you should point these things out instead of an article that conveys only reinforces the stereotype close-mindedness that plagues the area…

Tinseltoes on May 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

How is the restoration coming along? The City of Newburgh seems to be in deep trouble: View link

ritztheaternewburgh on October 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm

We are working very hard to restore this historic gem! Please contact us if you would ever like to take a tour of the space, or would like more information. Sincerely, Kristen Cronin (Ritz Theater)

kencmcintyre on August 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

There is an older photo of the Ritz on this August 2009 blog:

shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Saw this theatre 2 weeks ago on my bike trip. There’s a hopeful revival of this theatre with plenty of posters in the window detailing the history, especially about the Lucy/Desi precursor to the tv show. Newburgh is definitely a little run-down and could use something to uplift it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Just re-registering for alerts with this link:
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rodyshusband on August 7, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Correction on the above post:
The manager of the Ritz Threater was Fred Cronyn.
Ray Boyea was the manager of the Broadway Theatre, a few doors away.

rodyshusband on August 6, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Thank you to Mr. Harris and all regarding the Ritz Theatre. It was a truly beautiful work of archtecture, totally unique to anything in the mid Hudson Valley. I recall the manager of the theatre in the ‘60’s was a nice gentleman named Fred Boyea.
I have many wonderful, fond memories of this glorious theatre: even bad movies always looked good here!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 8:20 am

Here are new links to images described above on 10/3/05 and 10/12/05:
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TriciaHW on December 9, 2007 at 7:27 am

TO Roger Katz:

please note- Safe Harbors of the Hudson owns the theater and the adjoining property- not Common Ground ( if that correction could be made- thanks)

also anyone who visits this page and is interested in helping to restore the theater, which we think is a vital project for the entire City of Newburgh- please contact Safe Harbors at 845-562-6940

Thanks- Tricia Haggerty Wenz