Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz theater celebrates 87 years

Happy 87th birthday, Ritz theater! You don’t look a day over 86.

09-06-07 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is moving into the old Ritz building on E. 6th Street in downtown Austin. Construction is underway to convert the old building into a cinema with two screens. The original building was built in 1929 and then it was doubled in width in 1937. The original facade will be kept including the historic Ritz sign above the awning, said Superintendent Daniel Osborne, bottom left of frame. POD

09-06-07 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is moving into the old Ritz building on E. 6th Street in downtown Austin. Construction is underway to convert the old building into a cinema with two screens. The original building was built in 1929 and then it was doubled in width in 1937. The original facade will be kept including the historic Ritz sign above the awning, said Superintendent Daniel Osborne, bottom left of frame. POD

The Ritz, now an Alamo Drafthouse theater, opened on Oct. 13, 1929, and the Austin American-Statesman had a special hand in its grand opening.

There have been many iterations of the Ritz. Over the years, it premiered countless movies and even briefly became the home of some XXX films during the sexual revolution in the 1970s, until it became a hub for live entertainment.

But in 2007, Tim and Karrie League came around, faced with high rent prices at the Alamo Drafthouse’s original location on Colorado Street in the Warehouse District. They renovated the Ritz, and it was christened as Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Nov. 1, 2007.

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