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Creation Date

4-24-2011

Building Name

Ritz Theater

Historic District

Brunswick Old Town Historic District

Description

Ritz Theater Sign, Brunswick, GA

The Ritz Theatre, located within the "Old Town Brunswick" National Register Historic District, was built in 1898 to house the Grand Opera House, retail establishments, and the general offices of the Brunswick and Birmingham Railroad.

Originally, the Grand Opera House, a three-story Victorian building featuring ornate brick and stone work, was built for the legitimate stage. Later, it served as a theatre for vaudeville. In the 1930s, as motion pictures became the rage, the Opera House was converted into a movie palace. To give the building a more modern art deco look, the first-story brick work was covered with carrara glass, and an elaborate marquee and cascading sign were added. Thus, the Grand Opera House became the Ritz Theatre.

Contributing Building - Brunswick Old Town Historic District - National Register of Historic Places NRIS #79000727

Latitude, Longitude

31.14950000, -81.49544444

Keywords

Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Ritz Theater Sign; Ritz Theater; Grand Opera House; Modern art deco; Neon sign; Glynn County (Ga.); Signs --- Theaters --- Georgia --- Brunswick.

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