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According to an article in the Oxford Eagle, quoted in the June 25, 1955 issue of Boxoffice, the Ritz opened in 1936.
I second what Don wrote.More great stories from Allen.
My fond memories of The Ritz Theatre are early to middle 70â€™s only. As a student at Ole Miss this was one of three theatres in town. The others being Cinema 6, a one screen theatre located on Hwy 6, and The Rebel Drive-In. Cinema 6 played the first class films such as â€œBlazing Saddlesâ€, â€œKellyâ€™s Heroesâ€, and â€œThe Towering Inferno.â€ The Ritz was the one that played the films every immature college dude wanted to see. I remember standing in line for â€œWilber and the Baby Factoryâ€, â€œMidnight Plowboyâ€, â€œThe Pig Keepers Daughter, and the great â€œThe Stewardesses In 3D.â€ I do remember seeing the excellent film â€œLady Sings the Bluesâ€ at this theatre and several other good films. All the theatres in town were operated by Martin Theatres, which eventually became Carmike. The City Manager always had a good time promoting the films at the Ritz, which I especially remember the Miss Baby Factory Contest for Wilber.
As time moved forward, and Cinemark opened a four-plex at the then new Oxford Mall, the Ritz Theatre along with the Cinema 6 (by then a twin theatre and just called Cinema Twin) was closed. The Rebel Drive-In was long gone. I believe this was around 1983 or 84. The four â€"plex is now the Oxford Studio Cinema.