Ritz Theatre

207 N. Main Street,
Midland, TX 79701

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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.

Contributed by Neal Wilmes

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chadhauris
chadhauris on January 25, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Here are some photos of the Ritz Theatre. It is no longer an active nightclub.

http://www.retroaudiolab.com/ritz.htm

raybradley
raybradley on September 15, 2007 at 9:16 am

View vintage photos by typing in word “theatre”,
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DonLewis
DonLewis on February 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm

A 1987 photo of the Ritz Theater in Midland.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

A Ritz Theatre opened at Midland in 1928, and was designed by theater architect W. Scott Dunne. Motion Picture Times of November 3 that year said that the house, owned by W. H. Williams, would open about Thanksgiving Day.

Boxoffice of January 17, 1977, said this: “Video’s Cinema, formerly the Ritz, in Midland, Tex., has been completely remodeled and will reopen soon.” I can’t find any other refences to a house in Midland called the Cinema.

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