Events

Downtown's Stage since 1925

Rocketeer

Join us for another one of our Classics & Cocktails events! Featuring the 1991 film Rocketeer. Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. . Movie will begin at 7:00pm - Doors will open at 6:30pm. We will once again be serving our specialty cocktails themed to this classic movie!

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Jan 28th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Wall-E

Whats better than a movie on a Saturday afternoon? Join us for some family fun! Wall-E has been stealing our hearts since his release in 2008 - if you or your kids haven't seen it, here is your chance! WALL-E is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE. The movie will begin at 2:30pm - Doors will open at 2:00pm.

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Jan 29th - 2:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

DR. MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE COMES TO LIFE

Join us for a free presentation by Ersula Know-Odom as she introduces us to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. (1875-1955) , the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official - in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an African American woman; was founder of FDR’s "black cabinet;" served as president of the National Association of Colored Women;

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February 3rd - 5:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

This is a free event!

Ritz Movie Night - Chocolat

Join us for another Classics and Cocktails event! Featuring the 2000 film Chocolat.

When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation -- just as Lent begins.

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February 4th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Candlelight at The Ritz: Symphonic Chocolate

A unique musical series experienced in an intimate and breathtaking setting. Immerse yourself in the artistry of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra string quartet, while awash in the warm glow of candlelight in Winter Haven's downtown treasure, The Historic Ritz Theatre.

Tickets are $30. The doors open at 7:00pm. We will have general admission, open seating.

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February 5th - 7:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement

Words, images and stirring music tell the story of the soul music that became the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement: Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave, James Brown, and Florida’s own Timmy Thomas (“Why Can’t We Live Together”).

This event is funded by the Florida Humanities Florida Talks program, in partnership with the Historic Ritz Theatre, Inc.

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February 10th - 5:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Free Event

Doobie Brothers Experience

There's no one in the industry today that can recreate the sound and style of the world-famous Doobie Brothers like "What A Fool Believes" can. Six of the Northeast's top professional musicians have pooled their talents, years of performance experience, and their love of the Doobies to become the very best Doobies tribute show in the country today.

Join us for this concert at 7:00pm - Doors open at 6:30pm.

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February 11th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

The Proposal

Join us for another $5 movie night!! This will make for the perfect Valentine's date night or Girl's Night out!! THE PROPOSAL: Faced with deportation to her native Canada, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) says she's engaged to marry Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), her hapless assistant. Andrew agrees to the charade, but imposes a few conditions of his own, including flying to Alaska to meet his eccentric family. With a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, Margaret and Andrew must stick to their wedding plan despite numerous mishaps.

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February 12th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Do the Right Thing

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

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February 18th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

To Sir, With Love

To Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school. It stars Sidney Poitier and features Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, Patricia Routledge and singer Lulu making her film debut. Join us to honor this legendary film. Doors will open at 6:30pm, movie will begin at 7:00pm. Bring takeout from your favorite local restaurant to enjoy during the film. Concessions and drinks will be for purchase at our theatre.

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February 17th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Forever Johnny Cash Tribute

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!!! Let's party! Join us to celebrate the birthday of Johnny Cash with a very special tribute performance!! “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” We all miss the captivating performances of the king of outlaw music – Johnny Cash! “Forever Johnny Cash: The Musical Tribute” is an electrifying theater production featuring all of Johnny’s timeless hits like “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and so much more, delivered with high energy and a modern flare. This unique tribute also highlights hits inspired by Johnny Cash along with iconic chart toppers from the Sun Records Label. This show has something for everyone in an unforgettable, fast-paced ride through Johnny’s musical legacy. Each song is reproduced with spot-on accuracy and with all the fire and verve of those classic Johnny Cash performances. You won’t want to miss this musical tribute to the one and only Johnny Cash!

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February 19th - 8:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Love and Basketball

Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.

Join us to watch Love and Basketball on our big screen! Doors will open at 6:30pm and movie will begin at 7:00pm.

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February 24th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Past Events

Forrest Gump

Join us for another $5 movie night , Forrest Gump at the Ritz!

The movie will begin at 7:00pm - doors will open at 6:30pm. Fill free to bring take out food from your favorite local restaurant to enjoy during the movie. There will be beer, wine and general concessions/snacks for purchase at our theatre.

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Jan 20th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Stevie Nicks Experience Tribute

We love a good tribute concert and this one will not disappoint! Join us on January 21st for some good rock n' roll fun. Known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic, symbolic lyrics - Stevie Nicks brings to the world music that will never be forgotten. Concert begins at 7:00pm - doors will open at 6:30pm. There will be a full service cash bar, in addition to concessions. Outside food and beverage will not be permitted.

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Jan 21st - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Out of The Box Improv

Out of The Box Improv group and the Historic Ritz Theatre, two Winter Haven originals, are teaming together to bring improv comedy back to downtown Winter Haven! A cast of talented young actors create 'slice of life' theatre based on the audience's script scenarios. Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing? That's right, they can't do it without you!

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Jan 15th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Denim & Diamonds New Years Eve

Come ring in the new year at the Ritz! With music performed by B.Haven, we are ready to dance the night away. Wear your best denims or your flashiest cocktail attire.

From 8:30-12:30pm, let us welcome the new year celebrating together.

A limited number of tickets are available, so don't wait!


Dec 31st - 8:30 pm to 12:30 am

Historic Ritz Theatre

TRIBUTE TO ELVIS

Dwight Icenhower returns to the stage of the Historic Ritz Theater for two shows on December 18, 2021 for his only Florida appearance this year.
Dwight is a Five Time World Champion Elvis Presley Tribute Artist and is considered to be one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world today. Read more


Dec 18th, 2021 2 pm and 7 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Join us for our $5 movie night! At 6:30PM on our big screen we will be showing The Muppet Christmas Carol movie! Grab takeout from your favorite local restaurant and enjoy while you watch. Concessions/drinks will be on sale in our downstairs lounge.

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Dec 9th, 2021 6:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Out of The Box Improv

Out of The Box Improv group and the Historic Ritz Theatre, two Winter Haven originals, are teaming together to bring improv comedy back to downtown Winter Haven! A cast of talented young actors create 'slice of life' theatre based on the audience's script scenarios. Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing? That's right, they can't do it without you! Read more


Dec 10th, 2021 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

The Nutcracker

The Historic Ritz Theatre and A New Pointe Dance comes together to present The Nutcracker. Join us in this holiday celebration on December 12th. Doors open at 3:30pm and show will begin at 4:00pm. Please note that all general admission tickets are first come first serve. Read more


Dec 12th, 2021 4:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

It's A Wonderful Life

Oh, It's a Wonderful Life! Join us for another one of our Classics & Cocktails event. The movie will begin at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:15pm. We are pairing with Union Pizza for a specialized bundled ticket. Pick up your pizza next door from 6:15-7:00pm and enjoy while you watch the movie! Concessions and bar services will be provided. For this specialized pairing with Union Pizza, there will be no outside food & beverage permitted. Read more


Dec 16th, 2021 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Hip-Hop Then, Now and In-Between

To celebrate, The Historic Ritz Theatre and H.E.A.T program are teaming up to produce a special event that you won't want to miss. Join us in welcoming Deek Beats(Producer/H.E.A.T Founder) and Dr. H.A Nethery(FSU Philosophy Professor) to our stage to present a very unique lecture series. Read more


Nov 30th, 2021 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Bandit Market

Join us for our first annual Bandit Market.

Bandit Market is an alternative holiday market where the cool kids shop for local, handmade, and vintage items from Central Florida makers.

Craft cocktails & food from @Bespoke_Craftcocktails and Bandidas. Read more


Dec 4th, 2021 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

This is a free event!

Candlelight at The Ritz

A unique musical series experienced in an intimate and breathtaking setting. Immerse yourself in the artistry of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra string quartet, while awash in the warm glow of candlelight in Winter Haven's downtown treasure, The Historic Ritz Theatre. Tickets are $30. The doors open at 7:00pm Read more


Nov 20th, 2021 7:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Out of The Box Improv

Out of The Box Improv group and the Historic Ritz Theatre, two Winter Haven originals, are teaming together to bring improv comedy back to downtown Winter Haven! A cast of talented young actors create 'slice of life' theatre based on the audience's script scenarios. Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing? That's right, they can't do it without you! Read more


Nov 13th, 2021 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Practical Magic

Gather your besties and come to The Ritz and enjoy the ultimate Halloween Chick Flick about spell-casting sisters who come from a long line of witches. Unfortunately, these likeable witches endure a genrational curse which kills the men they love.
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Oct 29th, 2021 - 7 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

The Exorcist

Grab your friends - and your courage - and view one of the scariest movies ever made. Pre-order your choice of pizza online when you purchase your Ritz movie ticket here.
The theatre doors open at 6:30, and so does the bar.
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Oct 30th, 2021 - 7 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

The music of Darrell Scott

MainStreet presents Darrell Scott at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Darrell Scott is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating.
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October 12th, 2021 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Tribute to Journey and Styx

Majesty of Rock faithfully recreates the exact sounds and nuances of the supergroup, Journey. They pay special homage to Journey's best years, 1977-1998 when Steve Perry fronted the band. Lead singer, John D'Agostino, aces Steve Perry's golden voice, perfectly capturing his power, range, and tone.
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September 25th, 2021 | Bar opens at 7:30pm, Show starts at 8:00pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Vegas McGraw - A Tribute to Tim McGraw

Adam D. Tucker, Tim McGraw Tribute artist, presents a powerful show that thrills and captivates audiences everywhere! Tucker accurately re-creates the music and mystique of country music icon Tim McGraw with a sound appealing to audiences of all ages
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September 10th, 2021 | doors open 7:30 pm , show starts at 8:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Comedy Night at the Ritz

Jessica Kirson has been featured on HBO, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central. Gary’s musical career had taken him on global tours, sharing the bill with acts like Kenny Rogers, Tom Jones, Frankie Valli, Heart, Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, Olivia Newton-John and Melissa Manchester.
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August 27th, 2021 | doors open 7:30 pm , show starts at 8:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Cash / Jennings Tribute

The Cash Jennings show pays tribute to both Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. The first half of the show honors the memory of Cash by playing the songs using vintage style instruments from the original show. The second half is a tribute to Waylon Jennings and his unique style of Country.
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August 20th, 2021 | Bar opens at 6pm, Show starts at 7:30pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Cash / Jennings Tribute

Unlimited Devotion celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead, also featuring Jon Corneal & Masked Compadres. Unlimited Devotion (aka UD) was conceived in Miami in April 2012 as a vehicle for exploring the Grateful Dead’s songbook. The band quickly developed a dedicated following and has steadily evolved its repertoire, personnel, and musical personality to reflect its current members’ jazz and funk influences.
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PAST EVENT August 20th, 2021

Historic Ritz Theatre

Les Dudek

Les Dudek is a music legend, whose contributions have influenced the history of rock n' roll.


Jun. 19th, 2021

Historic Ritz Theatre