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.
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.