History: Greenwood, Wis., Ritz Theatre

Contact: George Plautz.


Surnames: Klancher, Fisher, Paprocki, Klune, Barnes, Brezinski, Johnson


----Source:  Frances Plautz scrapbook, Possibly the Greenwood Gleaner, date unknown


Grand Opening of New Theater


Big Success


A crowd of 550 people attended the “Grand Opening” of Greenwood’s new Ritz Theatre last Friday night.  A large group of curious and interested spectators had already gathered at 6:30 when the doors opened and it increased steadily until every seat had been filled.


The “First Nighters” were presented with an American Beauty rose as they entered the theatre and from then on everyone was happily surprised at the beauty and moderness of the new “Ritz”.


The lobby had seven large baskets of beautiful congratulation bouquets, presented by the Rotary Club, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Klancher, Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Paprocki, the National Theatre Co., Mr. and Mrs. Joe Klune and the Greenwood Businessmen.


A big point of interest was the spacious and comfortable “Cry Room”, provided for parents with small children.  The large glassed in front provides an excellent view of the screen and the “sound equipment” makes for perfect reception.


Many favorite comments were heard on the large and comfortable seats with adequate leg space.  The new “staggered” arrangement of the seats gives you the best possible view of the screen when sitting in any part of the theatre.


Before the opening feature, short talks were presented by Dr. R. L. Barnes, who also introduced Mr. and Mrs. Brezinski to those present, Elmer Johnson and Joe Klune.  They expressed appreciation of our new theatre and what it means to the City of Greenwood to be able to have it.


Mr. and Mrs. Brezinski wish to present many thanks to everyone and to say they are well pleased with all the kindnesses and consideration shown them by the Greenwood people.




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