Downtown's Stage since 1925

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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August 19th - 7:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Candlelight at The Ritz: Summer Woodwinds

A unique musical series experienced in an intimate and breathtaking setting. Immerse yourself in the artistry of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra Woodwinds Quintet, while awash in the warm glow of candlelight in Winter Haven's downtown treasure, The Historic Ritz Theatre. Come celebrate this wonderful music form with the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn.

Your choice of a free drink from our bar is included in the ticket price.

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August 20th - 7:30 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Fifty Shades of Rosé

Join us for a Sunday Funday packed full of rosé wines of every flavor & color range! This is a party you don’t want to miss! DJ Jenks will be spinning at the main stage in front of the dance floor. Lite fare will be served & of course 50 different rosés from all around the world! Please wear your favorite shade of blush, the best outfit will win a $100 gift card provided by Obscure Wine Company. A silent auction benefiting Girls Inc will start at 3pm. All proceeds to benefit two nonprofits: The Historic Ritz Theater & Girls Inc Winter Haven. Sponsored by Obscure Wine Company.

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August 21th - 2:00 pm

Historic Ritz Theatre

Our History

The Ritz Theatre has been downtown’s stage since 1925 when it opened as a venue for silent movies and vaudeville acts. First known as the “Williamson” it changed ownership in 1932 and was renamed “The Ritz.” For decades it served as Winter Haven’s only movie house. However, by the 1980s and the introduction of multi-screen theaters, the Ritz was no longer financially viable and went dark. During the 1980s it opened briefly as a nightclub for teens but by the 1990s the building sat vacant and deteriorating.

As with any building dating from 1925 the Ritz has a lively historical history. lts use included a venue for vaudeville and silent movies in its early years.

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Contact Us

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Flexible Multi-Level Seating

The Ritz theatre can comfortably accommodate over 450 guests. Our folding tables and chairs allow us to configure the venue for corporate conference style seating, or wedding and banquet style seating. There is ample room for VIP areas and even a dance floor. Click on “Read more” for examples of floor plans for your event.

Stage AV and Lighting

Our theatre is regularly used for live events and movie screenings. The sound system may accommodate your needs with a state of the art speaker system and a stage microphone is available. The Audio Visual system allows for internet streaming of presentations and slideshows on our movie screen. Our theatrical lighting adds flair to your event.

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