Ritz Theater

3149 S. Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63118

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Built in 1910, the Juniata Theater was part of a small independent chain of theaters operated by O.T. Crawford in St. Louis. The theater was was located on South Grand Boulevard next to the Hessleberg Drug Company in the South Grand Business District.

The Ritz Theater, as it was renamed in 1924 when it was taken over by Ansell Brothers, was a fairly narrow theater with a small balcony. The Ritz Theater showed second-run movies. Rather non-descript interior and a very small lobby. The theater was twinned in 1981.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber, Norman Plant, JAlex

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JAlex
JAlex on May 1, 2004 at 12:37 pm

Theatre located at 3149 S. Grand.

Built in 1910, one of the theatres of O.T. Crawford. Opened as the JUNIATA Theatre.

Theatre renamed the RITZ in 1924 when the Ansell Brothers took over.

Architect was William Lucas.

Capacity of 950.

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on March 9, 2005 at 8:53 am

In 1925 a Kilgen organ was installed , a 2m/4r instrument.It had a 2hp motore and was on 10" wind The opus number was 3471. No indication of the fate of the organ.
JamesGrebe

TravisCape
TravisCape on October 15, 2005 at 3:14 am

Last operated in the early 80’s by Harman Moseley who then was running some art film in the then twinned theatre. I guess that didn’t work well, so he ran some soft-core and later exploitatation. The neighborhood finally complained and the city bought the building and demolished it. Now the site of a very cramped parking lot.

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on February 18, 2008 at 3:01 am

Yeesh. I saw a number of films there on my cheap date nights, including “Blue Thunder” with the recently deceased Roy Schieder. The place wasn’t kept very clean, but maybe it was just the sloppy neighborhood kids. I swear a rat ran across my foot there once in 1980. Wasn’t that the southernmost theater on Grand Ave?

JAlex
JAlex on October 14, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Became a two-screen house December 1981.

And, for Kerry M: No, the Melba was the farthest south theatre on Grand.

JAlex
JAlex on February 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Final day of operation was March 30, 1986.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on November 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Didn’t Mid-America Theaters run this place for a while in the 70s?

JAlex
JAlex on November 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Yes, Mid-America operated this theatre from 1962 to 1979.

Frank Scalf
Frank Scalf on August 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I remember when my Grandma died in 86'. She lived on Juniata St for 40 years. We drove up from Nashville and stayed at her house during the funeral. I remember being depressed and walking the few blocks from her house to the RITZ. I never went in, it may have been closed by then. My mom and aunt told me that they used to walk there all the time to see movies as kids.

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