401 South Main Street,
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The Ritz Theater was opened in November 1928. This was the showcase theater for Big Spring, back when that mean’t anything. It’s still open, but time has not been kind. The current owners have covered the ground floor facade with shiny gray tiles that look like they came from a bathroom. The lobby was more tastefully done, but there’s none of the original left.
There is no marquee left, indeed there is nothing at all either mounted or written on the theater except for three cheap poster boxes. The original facade is a little over three stories, and now at least is fairly plain, although there are lions mounted along the roof. All but one window has been bricked up. The rear of the theater still proclaims it ‘West Texas’ Finest Theatre', and advertizes the Vitaphone system.
Apparently some restoration work was carried out in 2008, but it was closed by early-2010.
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