Ritz Theatre

3301 East 12th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64127

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The Ritz Theatre was located on East 12th Street and College Avenue. It was opened by 1926. A beautifully designed exterior in a dark brick. Along the sides facing College the building was divided into sections that were arched in a darker brick and a plaster molding inside smaller arches depicting different characters of theatre.

The front came to a large “V” with a middle entrance. Red shale roofing one an angle lined the four sides of the roof of the building. The Ritz Theatre seated 902. The theatre closed in 1962 and has been a church called the Victory Temple since closing.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

A history of Kansas City’s neighborhood theaters published by the Jackson County Historical Society says that the Ritz Theatre was in operation by 1926 and operated until around 1962.

KCB3Player
KCB3Player on January 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I remember when the Gladstone Theater closed – many of the interior things were moved to the Ritz – new screen, new Stage Curtain, Wall Light Fixtures and also seats only to be cut up within a very short time by area teen thugs. It was a very nice theater in the day and I went there with my family when I was young. There was a cry room for mother’s with little ones and it got used quite often. Fantastic Popcorn.
I have pics of the Ritz and will scan and post when I come across them.

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