Rita Theatre

207 E. Tyler Avenue,
Longview, TX 75601

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The Rita Theatre was open on August 18, 1934. Seating was listed at 654. This theatre was operated by the Jefferson Amusement Co. A fire gutted the theatre on January 7, 1947. It was rebuilt and reopened on May 27, 1948

The Rita Theatre closed May 31, 1954 with Eartha Kitt in “New Faces” & a Walt Disney animation short “Two for the Record”. It was used for a while by the YMCA. It was demolished in November 1964. The Longview Museum of Art sits where the Rita Theatre once stood.

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dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2019 at 6:50 am

The new Rita Theatre launched August 18, 1934 on a thirty year lease. A major fire gutted the theatre on January 7, 1947. The theatre was rebuilt relaunching on May 27, 1948 with a new look. The Rita survived into the TV age likely opting out of its final ten years on the lease. It closed on May 31, 1954 with a double feature of “New Faces” and “Two for the Record” and a Bugs Bunny cartoon. In 1957, the YMCA had been permitted use of the building. It was demolished in November of 1964.

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