1503 E. Seventh Avenue,
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The Ritz Theatre opened in Tampa’s Latin Quarter of Ybor City in 1917 and had a lengthy run that ended in the 1970s. Originally a one screen theatre showing first run movies it was one of several theatres in Ybor. The building itself is a brick structure and the interior of the lobby is Art Deco. The theatre area itself is an elaborate Spanish Colonial look…very Hacienda.
Like much of Ybor City the theatre was in terrible shape by the 1970s and had sufferred a fire. In the 1980s the seats were removed and the theatre re-opened for concerts and also housed a gothic/alternative dance club The Masquerade. The Masquerade moved to a different location in the 1990s but the Ritz remained in operations as a concert venue as Ybor experienced a renaissance and businesses returned. Late in the 1990s The Masquerade returned to the Ritz and is still there.
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