Ritz Theater Building

Ritz Theater Building (HM1DEK)

Location: Comanche, TX 76442 Comanche County
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N 31° 53.883', W 98° 36.311'

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William Martin and D. C. Byrne constructed this building in March of 1881. It was sold in September of 1881 to Hill, Moore and Co. for $2000.00. W. R. Slider sold the property to Harry Brin in 1914 for $5000.00 in cash. Mr. Brin established the Majestic Theater circa 1916. Harry Brin left the property to his granddaughter Bertha Browne and her husband Norman C. Browne in 1936. The building and theater were leased by J. V. Carter in 1939 for 3 years and then purchased by Mr. Carter in 1942 who changed the name to the Ritz Theater. In 1947 part of the downstairs area was leased to Ernest Tupin for a jewelry store. In 1951 Mr. Carter sold his interest in the Ritz Theater and the Majestic Theater located up the street to Jack Arthur and Harrold Flemins. In 1955 the owners leased the building to the United Uranium Dirt Setting Co. of Waco. The company added dirt troughs between the aisles so that people could put their feet in the uranium ore while watching the latest movies. It was believed to be a cure for arthritis and other ailments. The old stage and pressed tin ceiling are still intact. Other business at this location included Swindle Jewelry, Barricks Jewelry and Hasleys Beauty Shop located upstairs.
Placed ByComanche County Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 12:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 537333 N 3529203
Decimal Degrees31.89805000, -98.60518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 53.883', W 98° 36.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 53' 52.98" N, 98° 36' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)254, 325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 N Houston St, Comanche TX 76442, US
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