Ritz Theater

1810 26th Street,
Snyder, TX 79549

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

An advertisement for the Cozy Theatre in the May 10, 1918, issue of The Snyder Signal announced that the house would open that day with the five-reel feature The Avenging Trail, featuring Harold Lockwood.

However, issues of the paper from 1917 mention a house called the Cosy Theatre. I don’t know if it was the same house, reopened with a new spelling for the name in 1918 or not. In 1916, there were ads for a house called the Reel Theatre. I don’t find it mentioned later than 1916.

The Cozy was equipped to present stage productions as well as movies. The December 17, 1920, issue of the Signal said that the Hurton Players had been presenting “…some high class shows….” all week, and would be moving on to Colorado following their final performance at the Cozy on Saturday night.

The December 16, 1921, issue of the Signal noted that T. L. Lollar had purchased the Cozy that week and had moved his family to Snyder. The sale was also noted in the January 6, 1922, issue of The Film Daily. Lollar went on to operate several other theaters in Snyder. The web site of The Ritz Community Theater also notes that Lollar bought the Ritz “…around 1921 when it was known as the Cozy Theater.”

malcolmdbc39 on February 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Robhanhouston—-The Palace and The Texas both burned—-not sure of the dates.

malcolmdbc39 on November 24, 2015 at 11:49 am

We (the Ritz Theater Board) are currently having the electrical system on our sign redone. The last upgrade was in 1992.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

The streamline modern facade of the Ritz Theatre probably dates from a 1949 remodeling designed by Sweetwater, Texas, architect Don W. Smith, which was listed in the 1950 edition of Theatre Catalog. Smith also designed a theater called the Joy, at Roscoe, Texas, in 1947.

robhanhouston on June 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I know my memory is not gailing but there was another downtown theater that burned sometime I think in the late 1970’s I was born in snyder and used to go back and visit.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

From Snyder a photo of the Ritz Theater prior to its restoration and a photo of the Ritz Sign after the restoration.

drivein2001 on January 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm

A photo I took back in 2006 can be seen here:..
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 5:53 am

I wonder how many one-sheets were tossed in trash by the clean up crew.Hopefully, they were smart enough not toss them in the trash.

malcolmdbc39 on May 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This theater should have an aka name of Cozy Theater. If you do a search for Cozy Theater, you won’t find this theater.

malcolmdbc39 on May 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

This theater should be listed as open. We do community theater and occasional movies.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 31, 2009 at 8:36 pm

A image from 1989 of the Ritz Theater in Snyder.

TheaterOwner01 on August 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Any news as to if its for sale? and whom to contact, thanks

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

A 1990 photo of the Ritz Theater in Snyder before its renovation.

kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 5:25 pm

In 1963, the Ritz was operated by Lollar & Clements Theaters. Partners were Mr. and Mrs. N.R. Clements. Other theaters in the Clements empire were the Trail Drive-In, the Aztec, Palace and Starlite, all in Snyder, Texas.

malcolmdbc39 on March 21, 2007 at 6:32 am

The Ritz recently redid the marquee and the vertical. The neon was damaged in a hail storm so it was replace with florscent colored tubing. It does not look that great but it was a cheap fix for the Ritz who has very little income.

DriveInTheatre2001 on April 10, 2006 at 6:04 pm

This is a Nice Looking Little Theatre. Went by there on April 5, 2006…

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