In 1996 a group of preservation-minded citizens organized to purchase the Ritz and revive its use
as an entertainment venue. A study, commissioned by the group, recommended that the building become
a multi-purpose venue and not reinstall permanent seating. The effort was plagued by years of setbacks
and challenges. Finally, through significant support from city, county and state grants, the theater
was beautifully restored and reopened in 2013. A series of missteps and lack of direction forced the
organization into receivership in 2018 and a new group of citizens were seated as a Board of Directors.
This was the genesis for today’s Historic Ritz Theatre, Inc.