New Liberty Theatre

Commerce Street and W. 10th Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Previously operated by: Community Theaters Inc.

Architects: Wiley Gulick Clarkson

Previous Names: Ritz Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Civic Repertory Theatre, Plaza Theatre

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New Liberty Theatre

The Ritz Theatre was opened on September 7, 1924 as a legitimate theatre. In January 1926 it went over to vaudeville and was renamed Pantages Theatre. This was not a great success and it closed in 1928. It became the Civic Repertory Theatre, which only lasted for nine weeks. It then briefly operated as the Plaza Theatre.

In 1930 it reopened as a movie theatre, named New Liberty Theatre it was closed in 1948. Reopened by 1950, it finally closed in 1956. It was demolished to make way for the Tarrant County Convention Center.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Jan Jones' book Renegades, Showmen & Angels: A Theatrical History of Fort Worth from 1873-2001 gives a timeline for the New Liberty Theatre. It opened on September 7, 1924, as the Ritz Theatre, a legitimate house. In January, 1926, the house converted to vaudeville as the Pantages Theatre. The vaudeville programming was not a great success, and until 1928 the Pantages circuit offered varied programs of movies, road shows, and performances by the circuit’s own stock company, the Pantages Players, until finally giving up the lease.

In 1928, the house became the Civic Repertory Theatre, a venture which lasted only nine weeks. November, 1929, brought another repertory company to the house, and it operated briefly as the Plaza Theatre. Finally, in 1930, the house was sold to Leon Lewis, who renamed it the New Liberty and operated it as a movie house until 1948.

The New Liberty theatre was on the southeast corner of 10th and Main Streets, across the street from the second Majestic Theatre. Google Maps will not be able to find this location as the entire intersection, along with several others downtown, was obliterated when the city’s convention center was built.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I have to clarify my previous comment as to the location of the New Liberty. The entrance of the theater was on Main Street, but the building ran through the block and the auditorium section was actually on Commerce Street, across from the Majestic Theatre. The Hippodrome Theatre was across Main Street from the New Liberty.

dallasmovietheaters on March 10, 2020 at 3:47 am

Architect was Wiley Gulick Clarkson of Fort Worth

dannyh on June 17, 2022 at 8:03 am

Not sure why CT has this theatre listed as being on the Southside of FW. This was Downtown where the convention center is now.

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