Ritz Theatre

110 N. Broadway,
Hugo, OK 74743

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Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company, Video Independent Theaters Inc.

Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Broadway Theatre, Hugo Theatre

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1946 LIFE Magazine photo with Buster Crabbe's

The 301-seat Broadway Theatre was opened on January 25, 1912. Later renamed Hugo Theatre. On November 21, 1934 it was renamed Ritz Theatre having been enlarged. Primarily a venue for B-Westerns and similar films, the Ritz Theatre was owned and operated by the Oklahoma City based multi-theatre operator Griffith Amusement Co., which was later known as Video Independent Theatres, Inc. Locals will remember the location of the Ritz Theatre as Ralph’s Barber Shop until several years ago. Just recently the frame of the screen was removed during building remodeling. Although it was the only part of the theatre to survive, it had continued to exist since the theatre closed in the mid-1950’s.

Contributed by Lindy Loftin

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Okie
Okie on July 15, 2006 at 5:08 pm

This 1924 map of downtown Huge pinpoints the location of two early day movie houses, lot 110-Ritz, lot 117-Erie,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on August 26, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Below can be found vintage exterior and interior photographs of the Ritz Theatre. Type in word “ritz” to view images …
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raybradley
raybradley on July 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Hugo was once known as Circus City, U.S.A, since it was headquarters to five different circuses.
In this small town is a most unique cemetery called Showmens Rest, final resting place for many a circus performer. These sites tell more –
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10433
and,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on August 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

In this LIFE 1946 image the Ritz can be spotted in far background;
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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Talk about an “Old West” style movie house, the Ritz was it, as these antique pictures reveal;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/405

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Here is the old Ritz today
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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Just added the 1946 LIFE Magazine photo with Buster Crabbe’s “Terrors On Horseback” on the Ritz marquee. The front parapet wall has been removed in the current photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2019 at 5:09 pm

In the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, 110 N. Broadway is listed as the address of the Broadway Theatre. The Broadway is also listed, though with no addess given, in the 1914 edition of Gus Hill’s National Theatrical Directory. It was then a 10 cent house operated by O. Gill, subscribed to the General Film Service, and seated 301.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 16, 2022 at 11:47 pm

O.A. Simmons and V. Bronaugh announced a new movie theatre late in 1911 and opening January 25, 1912. In 1913, the broadway added an airdome for the summer months. It looks like it closed in 1915

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 17, 2022 at 6:48 am

Ad for the name change November 21, 1934 from the Hugo to the Ritz is posted with Barbara Stanwyck in “The Gambling Lady.”

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