Ritz Theatre

330 Main Street,
Winner, SD 57580

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Functions: Church

Previous Names: Cosmo Theatre

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Ritz Theatre

The Cosmo Theatre was opened in May 1917 and had 448 seats. It was operated by J.C. Lakin. It was renamed Ritz Theatre in 1929 and was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on May 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

The Tripp County Historical Society has reproduced a newspaper article on their website from May 30 1929 says “Gov. Wm. J. Bulow was the guest speaker at the Cosmo (Ritz) Theatre. Bulow known as a cracker-box humorist, with a drawl, and a bull’s-eye tobacco spitter…”

From a different source, a Reproduco Pipe Organ advertisement from the later 1920’s mentions the Cosmo Theatre, Winner, South Dakota, as being one of their satisfied customers, indicating either a small pipe organ or a photoplayer located here.

Chris1982 on July 22, 2014 at 2:32 am

The Cosmo Theatre was open prior to 1925. It was rnamed the Ritz Theatre in 1929. The Ritz was still operating as late as 1957.

dallasmovietheaters on January 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

The Cosmo was launched by J.C. Lakin in May of 1917 with 448 seats and Simplex Type “S” projectors at opening.

DavidZornig on April 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

Circa 1942 photo added via David Shedlock.

DavidZornig on April 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

Current use is as The Winner Community Church.
The facade has been covered with vertical siding.
Google street view is from October 2015.

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