70 N. Howard Street,
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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company
Architects: M.M. Konarski
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The building was built in 1942, and operated as the Ritz Theatre from 1950 to 1955 as an African-American theatre. Local Akron architect M.M. Konarski is credited for work on the building in 1949.
Just barely missing a major spate of urban renewal, the building still anchors what is now the beginning of N. Howard Street. Since 1988 it has functioned as the Interbelt night club, one of the most well known (and rumored to be, at least at one point, the largest) gay/lesbian clubs in northeast Ohio. Interestingly enough, it appears to still sport the marquee. The Interbelt Niteclub had closed by 2019.
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