As we hit the 48-hours-to-opening mark, we'd like to once again bask in the glory of The Ritz' various incarnations. For me personally, none is more intriguing than the theater's early-'80s stint as one of Austin's premiere punk venues.
Though its heyday as such was short-lived, The Ritz nonetheless provided Austin's spikiest residents with entertainment from local legends like The Nervebreakers, Scratch Acid, The Dicks, Butthole Surfers, Culturecide and the mighty Big Boys, as well as internationally renowned out-of-towners including The Misfits, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys.
Along for this page of Ritz history were several faces that we look forward to seeing again at the new Alamo, including one young man (below, center) who at the time would never imagine he'd be entering the same building 23 years later on missions of film journalism for the Austin Chronicle.
If you've got photos of any of the Ritz classic eras, feel free to pass 'em our way. We can't wait to see you there in the meantime.
Hey! Watch that finger, Savlov!