New Ritz Theatre

107 East Main Avenue,
Ritzville, WA 99169

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Interior from loge seats

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Opened in 1937, the Ritz Theatre sits at the edge of Ritzville’s small downtown. It’s large enough to be multiplexed, but may still have just one screen. The name ‘RITZ’ is on a tower at the left end of the building. Judging from old postcards, it was once red enamel with light (yellow?) letters, but is now painted in nauseating putty pink like the rest of the building, with the neon tubes removed.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

This was the Ritz in 1980.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

2011 photos can be seen here and here.

gingersnaps on April 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

Here is a link to the Boxoffice Magazine article that Mr. Vogel refers to. Also available from as a PDF.

gingersnaps on April 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

The local weekly paper featured a snippet about the theater in its “Remembering from the Files” feature last year under the “75 years ago” section. A PDF is available.

gingersnaps on April 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

Another “Remembering from the Files” blurb about transfer of ownership. This must be the “other theater in town” people have asked about. A PDF is available.

gingersnaps on April 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

The Kendrick Collection of photographs (search for “theater” or “main street”), available for viewing on the Washington State Digital Archives page, is an excellent source for older photos of the theater around the time it was first built.

The collection also has a few photos of the “original” Ritz theater, which looks to have been located near the train depot.

gingersnaps on October 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

“Artist’s Drawing of new $30,000 Theater at Ritzville” from April 8, 1937 of the Spokesman Review includes fun tidbit about the theater being the first in Adams County to be air-conditioned.

dart384 on October 23, 2013 at 2:17 am

Does anyone remember a person by the name E.R Bechtel I found a watch at a auction his name engraved on the watch with bf shearer 1946 I was wondering if relatives r still around my email is

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