Ritz San Jose

400 S. First Street,
San Jose, CA 95113

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jwmovies on November 5, 2022 at 3:45 am

Put THIS one down as closed but definitely not demolished! The marquee still stands as well as the stage where the screen was at South 1st and San Salvador. Drinks are a little pricey but it for the seniors at SJSU! Huge DJ booth a plus! From porn to rock bands. Only in San José! 🤩🤩😍😍

davidcoppock on March 28, 2018 at 5:42 am

You know the way to San Jose then Gary?

GaryParks on March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Interesting that the newest incarnation of the theatre/club is called Ritz. For a very brief time in the 1920s, a little further down the same block, there actually was a small movie theatre in operation called the Ritz. During my research for my book, Theatres of San Jose, I only found it listed in the City Directory for a few years, and never found any photos of it. I went to where the address number should have been, but all the buildings at that point in the block are so thoroughly remodeled, it was impossible to find any building that could have been the old Ritz.

DarceyK on September 21, 2015 at 2:04 am

The ORIGINAL marquee is BACK!! Thanks to Corey O'Brien, who has started a new venture…The Ritz San Jose! The restored venue is the epicenter for live music in the iconic SoFA District of downtown San Jose.



Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2010 at 3:07 am

The Gay Theatre was opened a year earlier than the intro currently says. Boxoffice of May 1, 1948, said that Bert Kennerson’s new Gay Theatre at San Jose would be ready to open about June 1. Boxoffice of July 10 said the house had opened, that the $55,000 house seated 600, and that its opening had brought the total number of theaters operating in San Jose to twelve.

kencmcintyre on January 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

This is from a few years ago. The related website has also gone kaput, so I think it’s curtains for the nightclub.

JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 9:26 am

New book-length Pussycat Theatre history from the San Diego Reader:
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GaryParks on January 4, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Yet another incarnation for the Gay Theatre: It is now called Angels. There is pink neon on the marquee for the first time since the Pussycat days, as well as a pair of stylized angel wings made of thousands of silvery sequin-like disks, which move and shimmer in the breeze. Not a bad design at all, though the original marquee look is sorely missed.

tbdavid on November 30, 2004 at 8:01 am

Vince Miranda was my God father.He was NOT married to Rosemary Clooney!! However, he was very good friends with Rosemarie (The Dick Van Dyke Show).She was a great family friend. It was printed in some gossip rags like Rona Barrett’s that they were dating. That too is untrue.Although…they both went on the Mike Douglas show and stated otherwise.
He was a great guy , and I miss him very much.I have been putting together a collection of pussycat memorbilia…if any of you out there have any photos, letters , or even storys..Please let mr know.

Tim David

dave-bronx™ on October 11, 2004 at 8:55 pm

Cool, that’s an urban legend shot put to rest – I’d heard that one for years…..

scottfavareille on October 11, 2004 at 3:01 pm

This theater was raided in July 1973 for showing Deep Throat after a judge’s order in which the theater was ordered not to show it for reasons of obscenity.

To my knowledge, neither Dan Sonney, Dave Friedman(original Pussycat founders) nor Vince Miranda(who owned the chain most of its life) were related by blood or marriage to Rosemary Clooney.

dave-bronx™ on October 10, 2004 at 10:27 pm

Wasn’t the Pussycat chain owned by Rosemary Clooney’s husband? (I forgot his name)

WendyHB on October 10, 2004 at 10:04 pm

I saw ‘Deep Throat’ at the Pussycat in 1973. We had a field trip from the San Jose' State drama department: ‘Bring your own trench coat and slouch hat.’ We also brought black strips of paper to obscure our eyes in photographs in case of a raid (a la ‘Confidential’ and other old Hollywood scandal rags).

GaryParks on August 26, 2004 at 4:09 pm

It’s been renamed again. It is now Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Club. Other than the signage, the building appears the same on the outside.

scottfavareille on December 4, 2003 at 11:04 am

The Gay showed arthouse fare until the late 1960’s, when it had switched to adult fare. Shaw Theaters ran it until about 1970, when Pussycat took over. (It was called the Pussycat II, the Pussycat I was the Camera One theater, which Pussycat operated in 1970-1971 after acquiring it from Shaw.) The city of San Jose had its share of battles with Pussycat (which included a July 1973 raid during a showing of Deep Throat as well as a late 1980’s lawsuit initiated by Pussycat over San Jose’s downtown revitialization). Pussycat gave up in 1989.

TomRose on October 6, 2002 at 5:30 pm

The Usual is no more. In the last year the club has been renamed Spy.