1148 E. Jersey Street,
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Ritz Theatre (Official)
Architects: Fred Wesley Wentworth
Built on the site of the Drake Opera House/People’s Theatre/Star Theatre/ Jacob’s Theatre/Proctor’s Theatre. The theatre was purchased in 1925 by Jacob Fabian, who hired architect Fred Wesley Wentworth to design the Ritz Theatre on the site, which opened on March 9, 1926 with 2,791 seats. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Entered a period of decline from the 1960’s onward. By 1980 it was threatened with demolition to build a parking lot. Rescued by local philanthropists who set out to restore the theatre. They ran out of money in 1989. In 1994 purchased by George Castro, who has restored it to its 1920’s grandeur and became a performing arts center. In 2014 new owners took over who installed new heating and cooling systems.
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