The Ritz Theatre is an important historical landmark for Corpus Christi. Action is underway to restore this beautiful venue, closed since 1989, but more importantly, programming is being developed to support the entire community with The Ritz as a creative hub. Please check out our campaigns on the right of this page and be an advocate for The Ritz. We need all the support we can get to deliver a successful restoration and develop a dynamic venue for the good of Corpus Christi.
The Ritz Theatre is one of the last historic buildings remaining in Corpus Christi. Built in 1929, The Ritz was the 1st talking movie theater in the area, one of the finest theatres in Texas, and is best known as The Ritz Music Hall in the 70s, home to a great range of artists from Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica and Def Leppard.
PATCH, the non-profit behind the restoration, has launched a dynamic new action plan. We’ve published a manifesto about Corpus Christi, a “State of The Ritz” document and a call to the community for help. Will you join us and help establish The Ritz Theatre as a hub of creativity that will play a key role in elevating Corpus Christi?
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We are the voice of the Ritz Theatre. Together with the help of our local community we will Repair, Restore, and Revive this historic site to its former glory.
Repair all damages to the building’s structure and bring The Ritz up to code.
Restore the Ritz, retaining its original Spanish Renaissance style, and develop the theatre into a state-of-the-art entertainment venue.
Revive Downtown Corpus Christi through arts and entertainment by creating a dynamic venue to stimulate the economy, and inspire the creative class.
The Ritz Theatre is open every first Friday of the month during the Corpus Christi Downtown Artwalk. Admission is free, allowing anyone to come in and explore the venue while learning about the history of the theatre.
Stop by and see why The Ritz is so important to our city and join us in our efforts to restore this beautiful venue. Check out our Facebook page for upcoming events and our Artwalk schedule.
715 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX
RESTORE THE RITZ
The Ritz Theatre first opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1929. Over the years, the Ritz has been a rich source of culture and entertainment for Corpus Christi. The beautiful Spanish Renaissance arena has showcased films, plays, and some of the biggest names in music like Bruce Springsteen & Metallica.
But the theatre is in desperate need of your help! Today, the Ritz one of the last great movie theatres yet to be restored, and one of the few remaining historic buildings in Corpus Christi. With your support we can revive this beautiful historic monument and bring arts and culture back into our city.
The Ritz Theatre has been home to many amazing performances throughout the years, particularly in the 1970’s and 80’s. Here are just a few of the legendary artists who have performed at the Ritz:
- Bruce Springsteen
- Bob Dylan
- Willie Nelson
- Mötley Crüe
- B.B. King
- Jimmy Buffett
- Def Leppard
- Iggy Pop
- Joan Jett
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Blue Öyster Cult
- Bo Diddley
- Elvis Presley