Ritz Theatre

18 W. 4th Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103

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All I know about this theatre is that it opened on 11 May 1926, closed in 1960 and was demolished in 1973.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 22, 2007 at 10:42 am

acer42:
Have you also looked at the (Tulsa) Orpheum and (OKC) Orpheum pages? These were some of Eberson’s earlier works.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 26, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra performing on Ritz stage…
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acer42
acer42 on July 26, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Seymour:

Yes, I have seen a photo of the Tulsa Orpheum. John must have had an Oklahoma connection. I’d be interested in seeing more photos of Eberson’s Oklahoma work since good photos of these theatres have been relatively unknown until now. Any detail photos of the Ritz?

atmos
atmos on July 31, 2007 at 3:14 am

The Eberson archives at the Wolfsonian in Florida have 24 design drawings of this theatre by Eberson dated 1925.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on September 9, 2007 at 6:04 pm

1942 exterior shot, notice smartly uniformed ushers practicing crowd control -
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seymourcox
seymourcox on September 27, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Sepia toned auditorium detail shot …
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Rodney
Rodney on October 25, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Used inside the four-million-dollar atmospheric Casa Bonita Restuarant were many decorative details salvaged from both the Ritz and Orpheum. Pimk clouds were projected onto a violet plaster sky by the Ritz Brenograph. This fabulous eatery was also a quisi cinema in that the amusement arcade had a miniature kiddie theatre that presented continuous cartoons.
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

This photo is entitled “Tulsa Schools, Theatres, and Eateries of the 1930’s”,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Though not yet proven, it has been said that this is a photo of the Ritz basement smoking room,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on November 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Here is a theatre pipe organ much grander than the one played inside the Ritz Theatre, but both instruments were produced by Robert Morton –
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