Ritz Theatre

115 Court Square North,
Talladega, AL 35160

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Ritz Theatre

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Built in 1936, the former Martin Theatre has been restored and reopened a multi-use community arts center. The theater was also the subject of several popular paintings by Davis Cone.

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Roloff
Roloff on March 26, 2007 at 6:08 am

Here’s a scan of a postcard I have for it, from 1980, when the building still carried the Martin name and was for sale:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 2:40 am

Rufus E. Bland was the Martin circuit’s in-house architect from no later than 1948 until at least 1973. He might have been designing for them even earlier, and could have been the original architect of the Ritz, or perhaps he was only the architect of a major remodeling at some later time. It’s possible that he designed all of Martin’s Theatres during the 1950s and 1960s, at least. He’s mentioned in Boxoffice a few dozen times.

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on June 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Here is a June 2010 photo.
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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

Modernization described in this 1936 trade article: Boxoffice

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