The Ritz Theatre first opened its doors in 1938.
The Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Malvern, Arkansas, first began showing motion pictures in 1938 becoming an integral cultural center for Malvern and Hot Spring County. The theatre closed in December 2018, but thanks to a donation by two local residents, the College of the Ouachitas Foundation purchased the Ritz Theatre four months later. The foundation deeded the theatre to the College, which is now engaged in a project to restore the Ritz for use as a multipurpose academic and entertainment venue.
To help raise funds for the restoration, ASU Three Rivers (formerly College of the Ouachitas) is selling some of the many posters that were displayed at the theatre while it was in business.