Ritz Theater

715 N. Chaparral Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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Previously operated by: Robb & Rowley-United Inc., Rowley United Theatres Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Renaissance

Previous Names: Ritz Music Hall

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Corpus Christi Ritz (2012)

Opened by the Robb & Rowley-United Inc. circuit on December 22, 1929 with The Duncan Sisters in “It’s a Great Life”. It was closed on May 11, 1946 to be remodeled in an Art Deco style to the plans of architect Robert L. Volger. Reopening on August 30, 1946 with Anita Louise in “Personality Kid”. Further alterations were carried out in 1953 when CinemaScope was installed. By 1957 it was operated by Rowley United Theatres Inc. It was later operated by United Artists, and they closed it as a movie theater on August 29, 1972 with Lee Van Cleef in “Return of Sabata”. It was used for concerts until 1989, hosting stars such as Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson. Later it was used for theatrical performances.

Now it is closed, but restoration work is ongoing.

Contributed by Howard Karsh

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

sarider on September 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

August 2009 photo of the Ritz:
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spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

They have been holding a number of fundraidingevents, some of them at the theatre itself, haunted halloween and ghost hunting type events in fall of 2010.

spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Interesting – the Ritz has a long lobby from the street and also, straight back, a long and narrow auditorium.

CSWalczak on February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

A recent article about the effort to restore the Ritz, including an interior photo that will enlarge if clicked upon: View link.

dfwcre8tive on March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The building has been listed on the 2012 list of Texas' Most Endangered Places. Here’s an article from a recent tour of the Ritz Theatre: http://www.unvisiteddallas.com/archives/1342

DavidZornig on March 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

1970’s photo added courtesy of Derek Galvan.

Justwideman on August 16, 2021 at 8:23 am

8/21 not much “restoration” going on, just a mural on the southern wall. (see new pics)

dallasmovietheaters on December 28, 2022 at 2:06 pm

The Ritz received a major interior refresh when it closed on May 11, 1946 to the plans of architect Robert L. Volger in 1946. The “new” Ritz interior was streamlined at its grand relaunch on August 30, 1946 with “Personality Kid.” In 1954, the theater’s interior received another refresh with widescreen projection to present CinemaScope film titles.

United Artists Theatres shuttered the Ritz on August 29, 1972 in “Return of Sabata.” It would become a live performance venue called the Ritz Music Hall beginning on July 27, 1974 and would host concerts by major artists including Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Rush, and Metallica in its 15-year run.

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