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Creation Date

5-31-2009

Building Name

Ritz Theater

Historic District

Downtown Waycross Historic District

Description

Ritz Theater, Waycross GA

Opened June 1913, as a vaudeville, opera and live performance theatre under the management of Fred Brewer. In 1917, its name was changed to the Orpheum Theatre, and continued to be used for vaudeville and live performance.

In 1935, extensive interior and exterior renovations were made by noted Jacksonville, Florida Art Deco architect Roy A. Benjamin. The theatre was renamed the Ritz Theatre and is noted as “South Georgia’s finest theatre” and pledges to run first run films only. It continued as a movie theatre until 1977. In 1986, the Ritz Theatre again returned to the performance arts when Waycross Area Community Theatre purchased the building for live community theater productions.

Contributing Building - Downtown Waycross Historic District - National Register of Historic Places NRIS #92000125

Latitude, Longitude

31.20969722, -82.35984722

Keywords

Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Ritz Theater; Roy A. Benjamin- architect; Renovations; Performance arts; Community theater productions; Historic district; Theaters --- Georgia --- Waycross --- Ware County.

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