207 N. Main Street,
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The Ritz Theatre was opened in 1928. My father owned and operated this theatre from 1978 - 1984. He closed it due to the opening of several four screen theatres in newer parts of town. Some of my earliest childhood memories are in this theatre. I can remember seeing “E.T” and “Mr. Mom” among other movies. The local ABC affiliate did a news piece in the early-1980’s which I can remember them filming. The balcony had been closed off with a large wall. The enclosed area served as the new projection booth with offices occupying what used to be the balcony seats.
At one point following its closure, a church leased the space. If I remember correctly, there was also a short time where it was leased to show Spanish-language films. In 2000, it was renovated and reopened as a nightclub, which has since closed. In 2016 it was purchased by the local PBS station and is used by their offices and for special events.
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