Ritz Theatre is a 400-seat theatre featuring a state-of-the-art sound system, theatrical lighting and 30' x 40' performance stage. The LaVilla museum is a living legacy that connects us to our past through images, objects and information that has been carefully handed down through many generations.
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My wife and I found the Ritz Theatre Museum to be a fascinating look into the history of Jacksonville's African-American community, artists, perfomers and athletes. They have an animatronic exhibit about composer/performers James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson and creation of the anthem "Lift Ev'ry Voice." The docent was very helpful in giving us an overview of the exhibits, the LaVilla neighborhood and the historic and beautiful Ritz Theatre. They participate in an international art exchange with South Africa and the art on display was excellent. It is definitely worth a visit.
Written February 3, 2022
We are relatively new to Jacksonville and trying to get a feel for the City and its communities. This was probably one of the most personable and well informed tour guides, we have ever experienced. Wonderful exhibits of old Jacksonville's black community and its leaders. An interesting robotic presentation of James Weldon Johnson's life. Although we were part of a larger educational group, the tour was pitched to folks who had lived in Jacksonville, but I'm sure that if your party is from out of the area that adjustments could be made by the tour guide.
Written February 25, 2012
There are free parking lots in the area. You enter the Ritz Theater ticket office and pay a $5 admission fee to view the museum which is inside the theater building. It is an excellent local history museum about the La Villa community in Jacksonville. If you are in the area, it is well worth spending an hour or so to learn about the local history.
Written February 24, 2019
As an historic artifact, the Ritz Theatre has a particular value to African American visitors. On this occasion, we were pleased to attend a concert by Bradd Marquis singing the music and telling the life story of the legendary singer and social activist, Sam Cooke. The performance was outstanding and quite memorable. The venue was great. Those who visit the Jacksonville area should plan to tour the Ritz as part of the African American Heritage Trail.
Written January 24, 2019
This venue is located in downtown Jacksonville, Fl. It is not a real safe area of town. I would use extreme caution when attending events in this area.
Written November 26, 2017
I have attended two events at this theater. The first was a musical event featuring violinist. The audio and acoustics are good. The theater is clean and the seats are confortable. There is ample parking close to the building and an adjacent lot across the street(very short walk). The theater should promote its events better, because it is a nice venue.
Written November 27, 2016
A musician friend of my husband's invited us to come hear his band play some music last night at the Ritz. We had no idea what to expect and were more-than-pleased with the music and, notably, the venue. What a remarkable renovation this place has gone through...respecting the past and considering the comfort of the audience. The music was blues and jazz and I could not help thinking how my parents (both gone now) would have just loved the evening! Nice intimate size (~400, I think) with a setting that gives you the ability to see the expressions and efforts of the artists up close...guess it helped that we were 2nd row center :-)
Written February 8, 2015
I enjoyed this museum, but I did not have enough time to explore as I would like due to closing. The Johnson brothers presentation was great and the artifacts and painting were great. I recommend to all school age kids and anyone who want to get a broad view of Black American history.
Written May 27, 2013
I came here after over a decade away I used to enjoy the Ritz when they reopened, and again they did not disappoint. I was accustomed the calm , smooth sophisticated presentations they had. But was floored with delight to Copacabana style show from LBT , and the whole vibe of the Ritz, was like a welcome back to your second home . I cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed the music and now able to dance there I was just exhilarated . Great job to one and all
Written October 18, 2019
Can't believe (as a kid) I use to pay 15 cents to see a movie here...and you could stay all day and see it over and over. Now you can see how they have captured the History of this Lavilla Area (names, dates, events, etc.)... a very worthwhile visit.
Written September 23, 2018
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