Ritz Theater

Ritz Theater (1979)

The Ritz Theater complex, located at 6337 West Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, opened for business in 1926.  The theater itself had 2,000 seats.  I saw a bunch of movies there when I was dating a girl from Cicero, though the only one I recall was The Night of the Generals, starring Peter O’Toole as a particularly nasty Nazi.

The Ritz had recently closed when I moved to Oak Park in 1978.  Fond memories prompted me to snap a photo before it was torn down.

Ritz today

As it happened, the building survived.  It remained standing vacant until 1986, when it was converted into the 52-unit Atrium Condos.  The second photo shows what the former Ritz looks like today.

Now I’m going to see if I can find that old Peter O’Toole movie on Netflix.  It was pretty good.





2 Responses to “Ritz Theater”

  1. 1 kyle L April 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Movie palace converted to condos with the facade preserved. Sounds like a model for the Uptown…

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