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Finke Theatre

2016 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
312 N High St
California MO
(573) 690-9363

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 2004
Record #7425  
 Opened: 1885
Architect(s): Jerome B Legg
Architectural Style(s):
National Register: 2004    Bldg # 04000214
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: California Opera House, Finke Opera House, Ritz

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

The Ritz Theatre started its life as an opera house in 1885. A new marquee labeled it as the Finke Theatre in 1917, and it was rechristened the Ritz during an art-deco remodeling in 1937. Changes at this time also included the closing-off of the downstairs billiard hall and the lowering of the theatre's entrance to ground level with removal of a short staircase. The theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in June, 2004.

The theater was renovated and reopened as a performing arts center on September 26, 2009, once again using the name Finke.

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May 2016 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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February 2005 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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July 2004 photos from The California Democrat collection.

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The old Finke marque...

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 7/13/2016.

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