Ritz Theater

1714 Jefferson Street,
Nashville, TN 37208

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

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Ritz Theater

The Ritz Theater was located in a predominantly African-American area of the city and is listed as being a “Negro theater” in Film Daily Yearbooks. It was operated by the Bijou Amusement Company.

It was always considered one of the more popular theatres in the area and was situated across the street from Fisk University.

The Ritz Theater was opened around April 1937. It closed around 1969 and there is a report that ‘it remained a recognizable landmark, at the time of a 1999 proposal to turn it into a mass transit center with day care facilities’. That did not happen and the building was razed possibly at the time of construction of Interstate 40.

There was also a ‘newer’ Ritz Theater which operated in Nashville from 1973 - 1980 (no address found). This was closed soon after a customer was stabbed. It was demolished in June 2001.

Contributed by KenRoe

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JackCoursey on December 26, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Wasn’t able to locate any information on the later Ritz, but did come across this photo of the original theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 26, 2006 at 3:48 pm

The Ritz Theatre opened around April 1937.

TLSLOEWS on June 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Nice old photo if the RITZ, Jack.

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