Ritz Theatre

The Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center is located at 139 Doyle Street in Downtown Toccoa and is home to some of the best concerts and shows in Northeast Georgia.

The Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center was buzzing with restoration activity in late 2012 with the assistance of various grants and  additional funding from the City of Toccoa. The Fox Theatre Institute selected the Ritz (then known as the Schaefer Center) to receive an $11,000 grant in late 2012, assuring the future of this Toccoa landmark. The FTI grant enabled the city to commission a long-term historic preservation plan to complement the theater’s recent interior restoration and restore the façade and original marquee.

Recent improvements include a new lobby, enlarged stage, construction of an orchestra pit, painting, carpeting, new heating/air, remodeled dressing rooms, installation of an historically inspired marquee, and the implementation of a state-of-the-art sound system.

The city assumed ownership of the facility in April 2014 and paid for the restoration work with a combination of grant funds, budgeted funds and money from the city’s commission reserve account. The city also received grant money to pay for repairs such as the new heating and air unit. 

The Ritz Theatre originally opened in 1939 with 500 seats and entertained thousands of moviegoers of all ages until it went dark in 1985. It has been used by several local groups since that time as a community center and performing arts center, hosting musicals and non-musical productions including "Fiddler on the Roof," "Guys and Dolls," Raisin in the Sun," "Leader of the Pack," and "The Sound of Music" to mention just a few. The Currahee Artists Guild sponsored arts shows featuring visual artists in the area.

Now, the Ritz is back in town and serves as an artistic anchor to Downtown Toccoa. Check out it's official website here.


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