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Long Live The Ritz

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz has a very long and storied history. Built in 1929 by L.L. Hegman, The Ritz was the first theatre in Austin to be built specifically for "talkies". After television stole our minds and kept the audience at home, the theater took a cultural hiatus from 1964 until 1970, when it reopened as an XXX theater. Then in the early 80’s, The Ritz turned to a different breed of hardcore- it became a legendary home to the burgeoning Austin punk rock scene, hosting bands like Black Flag, The Misfits, Hüsker Dü, The Circle Jerks, The Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat. We miss that Ritz, there’s no denying it, but we could not be more happy with response and support for having returned the fabled Ritz back toward cinematic roots.

Thanks to the help of the grandchildren of L.L. Hegman, Larry and Marry Craddock, who were instrumental in preserving this long lost cultural icon, Tim and Karrie League and the incredible design team of Weiss Architecture, The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz opened its doors on November 1, 2007 - bringing theatre back to the heart of Austin's historic district once again.

Apparently we're not the only ones who missed having a movie theatre on 6th Street

Winner - 2008 Merit Award for Public Service by the The Heritage Society. The Heritage Society of Austin's mission is to promote the recognition and experience of Austin's diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic treasures and places. An awards luncheon will be held on Friday November 21st from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Driskill Hotel. www.heritagesocietyaustin.org

Winner - 2008 IMPACT Award Best Project by the Downtown Austin Alliance. The Downtown Austin Alliance recognizes the places, people and organizations that have made an impact on Downtown Austin. The 2008 Downtown IMPACT Awards will be presented on Friday October 31st in the Capital Ballroom of the Sheraton Austin Hotel: 701 East 11th St. www.downtownaustin.com

Finalist - 2008 Presedents Award Best Renovation/Rehabilitation by the Texas Downtown Association. The Texas Downtown Association fosters development and revitalization to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy. The winner of the 2008 Presidents Award for Best Renovation/Rehabilitation will be announced during the TDA Conference held on Thursday November 13th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Temple. www.texasdowntown.org

Keep Downtown Alive.

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