Ritz Theatre

W. Front Street,
Vivian, LA 71082

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Opened as the Vivian Theatre. It was renamed Solley Theatre in Fall of 1925 when it was purchased by C.M. Solley. In 1927 it was wired for sound and renamed Movie Theatre. It later became the Ritz Theatre and was remodeled in 1939. It was listed as ‘Closed’ in the 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

This one sure didn’t last long.Wonder if it burnt.

jwhyman
jwhyman on September 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Yes, it is burned, don’t know when it burned. It still stands though. It does not appear to have been a grand theater. simple brick building, boarded up, marquee is just the framework. Interior is burned, seats are rotted and was filled with water years ago. Yet given the drought, it may be dry now.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Based on very little, this was likely known as the Vivian Theatre bought by C.M. Solley in the Fall of 1925 who renamed it the Solley Theatre, He branded it as the “Home of Good, Clean Pictures.” Not long after being sued for a copyright violation, he sold it in 1927 and it was wired for sound as the Movie Theatre. It was refurbished twice becoming the Ritz Theatre. Its final refresh was by operator O.L. Kirkland in March of 1939 who gave it a modern front, new cooling system and new sound system.

robboehm
robboehm on October 20, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Theatre was located on West Front Street.

robboehm
robboehm on October 20, 2020 at 7:44 pm

The original Vivian Branch of the Shreve Memorial Library was originally housed in a room above the theater. It moved in 1939 around the time the theater was renovated.

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