Ritz Theatre, Midland, TX. Photos
by Chad Hauris, Retro Electronics and Audio Lab, 1/26/07
The Ritz Theatre is located on
Main Street in Midland. While today, Big Spring St. or Wall St. are
actually the main streets downtown, Main Street was the main part of
town when Midland was first established.
The Ritz was built around 1927: Here is a photo of
the Ritz from 1950:
Please click the photos for an enlarged view.
We were able to visit the Ritz, which is currently for sale, in January
2007. It continued as a movie theatre until the late 1980s, and then
fell into disrepair. It was purchased from the City of Midland by the
current owners. They made many needed repairs to the building and
leased it to several nightclub operators. At one time, I think it was
called the "Fantom Lounge". These businesses eventually went bust and
the building was then used occasionally for family gatherings by the
owner. It still retains all of the additions made by nightclub
This is a view looking back at the balcony from the stage. There were
platforms for Go-Go dancers or something... New heating ducts were
extended from rooftop heating/AC units and weather-damaged ceiling
tiles were removed, leaving exposed rafters.
Looking at the stage from midway in the auditorium, where a bar was
Looking up towards the balcony.
View towards the side and back.
Balcony, view 1. There are some theatre chairs on the rows although
they are not the originals. A false wall was added, concealing the
projection booth area.
Looking from the balcony out into the auditorium.
A storage room in the balcony. The bricked-up window is one of the
windows which can be seen at the right side of the 1950 photo. The
theatre facade has been modernized and changed from that picture.
Projection booth, view 1. All of the equipment has been removed.
Projection booth, view 2.
Original projection ports concealed behind a false wall.
Rear exit, at the side of the stage.
Main fuse panel, behind the stage.
Fuse panel, view 2.
Ritz Theatre stage.
Bar set up in the lobby.
A Pepsi machine in a storage room located at the back of the auditorium.
An old piano pushed up against the entrance doors.
Bar set up in the auditorium.
Ticket booth. We will have some more exterior photos soon.
Toilet in the men's room. Although in good condition, I would prefer
some more privacy if I had to sit on it!
Urinal and toilet.
More photos to come!
Under-balcony area, view 2.
Under one of the "go-go" platforms. They concealed some stairs from a
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