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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2006 at 10:33 pm

Another photo of the Ritz Theater can be seen on this website. Click on the photo to expand it.

Roloff on March 26, 2007 at 12:08 pm

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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2007 at 6:47 pm

This is another photo of the Ritz Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Here is a more recent photo of the Ritz Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Another recent photo of the Ritz can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm

This is an updated link for the Ritz website.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 8:40 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 on June 23, 2010 at 12:43 am

Here is a June 2010 photo.
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Tinseltoes on August 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Modernization described in this 1936 trade article: Boxoffice

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