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