Brewton Theater

2 South Boulevard,
Brewton, AL 36426

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Opened as the Ritz Theater in 1936, it was closed in 1987. This is one of the oddest preservation jobs in the country, the town of Brewton decided they couldn’t afford to save the theatre and it was demolished in 1996. They preserved just the marquee and facade, which is now a community announcement kiosk!

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Contributed by Ross Melnick

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skhillman
skhillman on February 26, 2006 at 2:48 pm

This is actually a new construction and not the actual facad. There is also a historic marker at the site.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2006 at 3:47 pm

More photos of the former Brewton Theater can be seen here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm

The Ritz was part of the Fred T. McLendon chain in the early seventies. I’m not sure from the history here whether the Brewton sign was first up during the transformation to community bulletin board. Did it ever actually operate as the Brewton Theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2008 at 8:58 am

Here is another photo.

The Ritz Theatre opened its doors on this site September 14, 1936, and for more than fifty (50) years prided itself as the “Hub of the Brewton Community.” Between its first feature, “YOURS FOR THE ASKING,” and its last, “CROCODILE DUNDEE,” shown January 22, 1987, the Ritz served as stage for fashion shows, beauty pageants, dances, and various other community events. Stars of the “Grand Ole Opry” and “Hollywood” made live appearances at the Rtiz. The Ritz was the community’s prime source of reliable news from the battle-front during World War II. With a seating capacity for 761, the Ritz was the place to be on Saturday afternoon for generations of children. This legacy of the Ritz Theatre has been perpetuated with the construction of this community message center in March 1996. Source

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm

This site gives the location as Hwy 31 at 29 which Google maps to some highway in the middle of nowhere. Maybe you should contact the “Information Kiosk” and see if it has any information about its location.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

2 South Boulevard is the address given for the Brewton Message Service. I assume that’s the kiosk.

JoeMcKinney
JoeMcKinney on August 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I made the photo at the link posted by Lost Memory. My Flickr stats page has a link back to your site here. The photo was made yesterday (8-25-09). I first saw this welcome sign about 10 years ago and never knew this was originally the entrance to an actual theater. I will update my photo description with the correct info.

Chuck1231 has given the correct street names. This structure is at the intersection of South Blvd. (U.S. Hwys. 31 and 29) and St. Nichols Ave. (State Hwy 41). My photo is geotagged. If you click on the map link you will find the correct location and street names and numbers. Click the hybrid feature on the map and you can see the structure.

JoeMcKinney
JoeMcKinney on November 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Here is what this sign looks like at night when all of the lights are on. I made this photo earlier this evening (11-20-09). The lighted toy soldiers in front are Christmas decorations.
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