Ritz Theater
Newburgh, New York

The Ritz Theater is part of Newburgh’s East End Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater structure comprises a group of industrial and mercantile buildings, the oldest of which dates to 1883. The buildings were reconfigured in 1913 into an opera house and later into a vaudeville theater. Lucille Ball made her stage debut here! The theater was again reconfigured and operated as twin cinemas during the 1970s. Nextstage Design and DPB Architecture are working with Safe Harbors on the Hudson—a mixed-use, non-profit housing and arts redevelopment agency—to revitalize the theater to serve performing arts and community groups. We are excited to be working on a project that will serve as a catalyst for renewal at a scale that is appropriate and approachable for the Newburgh community.

Institution
Safe Harbors of the Hudson

Design Architect
DPB Architecture

Acoustician
Akustiks

Construction Type
Adaptive reuse

Square Feet
15,300 existing

Cost
TBD

Completion
TBD

Users
Arts, educational, and social service organizations

Spaces
Up to four performance spaces ranging in seating capacity from 99 to 400

Photo: © Nextstage Design, Renderings: © DPB