2004 Photo from the Darren Snow collection
201 W Ohio St|
Rockville IN 47872
|Record #6058 |
Capacity: 688 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: New Rockville Opera House|
Information for this tour was contributed by Andrew Snowden.
Seating was originally 700 and reduced over the years during two renovations. First reduced to 500 when an "inner" lobby was created with a faux frame of 2x4s and Masonite with plaster stone archways. This to buffer the house from the main front doors and the sounds of US 36 thirty feet away. Newer seating was installed in 1997 and the capacity reduced to 400.
The theater was originally named the New Rockville Opera House in 1912 since the original one was on the second floor of a corner building on the town square. It was taken over by the Masonic Lodge. The theater was designed and built by Edgar Jerome.
The Ritz is now thought to be servicing the smallest community in Indiana to show first run motion pictures and has run pictures continuously since 1929. Unfortunately, it was once owned (briefly) by a thinly veiled arm of the KKK. (1922-1927). It is owned now by civic theater company.
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September 2003 photos from the Darren Snow collection.
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