Ritz Theatre

1014 E. 180th Street,
Bronx, NY 10460

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service

Architects: Charles Glaser, Irving Margon

Firms: Margon & Glaser

Previous Names: Art Theatre, Yiddish Art Theatre

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Ritz Theatre

The Art Theatre was opened in late-1922. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. I’ve been told that this theatre showed Yiddish language films in the 1930’s and 1940’s … and was located in the East Bronx near 180th Street and Vyse Avenue. The Ritz Theatre was closed by Liggett-Florin Booking Service on December 3, 1950.

I would appreciate it if anyone remembers other Bronx theatres that showed Yiddish movies.

Contributed by Joseph Angier

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igh on August 4, 2005 at 1:49 pm

As of 1948 it showed third run or lower double features and gave away dishes on Tuesdays(?) and had 18cent matinees with 10 cartoons and 3 serials or shorts and two movies. It had a children’s section with a matron, and kids as young as 8 could go unescorted. A valuable side effect of the theatres low status – unaffiliated with RKO or Loews or any chain – was that it showed older movies that had been out of circulation for a few years… for example, in the late 40s it played Destry Rides Again and Stairway to Heaven. So all, unknowing, we got introduced to some classics there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 17, 2019 at 12:45 am

The Theatre Historical Society says that the Ritz Theatre had a 2 manual, 5 rank Wurlizter organ, opus 606, installed in November, 1922. The announcement of the theater’s impending construction had been made a year earlier, with plans being prepared by the firm of Margon & Glaser. The Ritz closed on December 3, 1950.

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