Filming at the Ritz Theater

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Title

Filming at the Ritz Theater

Alternative Title

Filming at Ritz Theater

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Buildings--Florida
Valencia Community College
Theaters--Florida
Film
Movies
Motion pictures--United States
Extras (Actors)--United States

Description

Extras outside the Ritz Theatre during the filming of Sealed With a Kiss, produced by Valencia Community College. The film was produced by about 350 students and took over a year to complete. Sealed With a Kiss is about a love story that spans three decades, starring Candace Miller and Christopher Calvert. Ralph Clemente directs the film, which includes original music by Richie Havens.

Originally the Milane Theatre, the Ritz was built at 203 South Magnolia Avenue in Sanford, the former location of the Star Theatre, an abandoned movie house. Scroggs and Ewing, architects from Georgia, prepared the plans for the Milane. The name of the new theater was derived from the combination of the presidents of the Milane Amusement Company president and vice president: Frank L. Miller and Edward F. Lane. The Milane opened in July of 1923 and seated 823 patrons. In 1933, the Milane was sold to Frank and Stella Evans, investors from Lake Mary, Florida. The new owners renamed their business the Ritz Theatre and held the property until the 1990s. However, the Ritz struggled financially in the 1960s and closed in 1978 due to failure to compete with the new multiplex theaters. The building remained vacant until 1984, when it reopened as the Showtime Cantina. The Showtime Cantina closed in 1988 and remained vacant and in decay. In the mid-1990s, Ritz Community Theater Projects, Inc. acquired the property and began rehabilitation in 1998. On May 6, 2000, the theater reopened as the Helen Stairs Theatre in honor of the citizen who led the restoration project, Helen Stairs. The following year, the location was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, additional renovations were completed at the theater was renamed the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in honor of the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust Fund for contributing to the renovations fund.

Abstract

Many of the extras for s[sic] scene from a Valencia Community College film, shot outside the Ritz Theater in downtown Sanford Sunday night, were recruited from the Half Shell Oyster Bar next door.

Creator

Vincent, Tommy

Source

Photocopy of newspaper reproduction of original black and white photographs by Tommy Vincent, October 29, 1989: The Sanford Herald, October 30, 1989: Vincent Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

Publisher

Date Created

1989-10-29

Date Copyrighted

1989-10-30

Date Issued

1989-10-30

Has Format

Newspaper reproduction of original black and white photographs by Tommy Vincent, October 29, 1989: The Sanford Herald, October 30, 1989.

Is Format Of

Original black and white photograph by Tommy Vincent, October 29, 1989.

Is Part Of

Vincent Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Milane Theatre Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpeg

Extent

667 KB
229 KB

Medium

2 black and white photographs

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Sanford, Florida
Orlando, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.810527, -81.266859
28.522105, -81.464222

Temporal Coverage

1989-10-29/1989-10-30

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Tommy Vincent and published by The Sanford Herald.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Sanford Herald and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick. http://www.stageclick.com/venue/457.aspx.
Hinman, Catherine. "Valencia Students' Film Debuts." The Orlando Sentinel, November 12, 1991. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-11-12/news/9111120333_1_richie-havens-film-valencia.
"Theater History." Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. http://www.wdpac.com/footer-menu/theater-history/.
"Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center." Seminole County: Florida's Natural Choice. http://www.visitseminole.com/things-to-do/general/wayne-densch-performing-arts-center.

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Original Format

2 black and white photographs

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