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 worked 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 that this project will serve as a catalyst for renewal at a scale that is appropriate and approachable for the Newburgh community.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson

Design Architect
DPB Architects


Construction Type
Adaptive reuse

Square Feet
15,300 existing



Arts, educational, and social service organizations

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

Photo: © Nextstage Design, Renderings: © DPB