About the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre is a 1927 former silent movie house renovated in 1985 by the Tennessee Valley Art Association to accommodate the organization’s performing arts programs. The original 1930’s art deco interior style has been preserved.
Admission to productions at the Ritz varies. See the appropriate drop-down tab for event ticket prices.
Ticket Policies / Information
Reservations may be made by phone, or online (some performances excluded).
Box office 256.383.0533
Advanced reservations are recommended.
In most instances, the box office opens 30 minutes prior to an event.
Tickets may be purchased at the door if available.
Reservations may be secured with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express and picked up at the Ritz’ Box Office.
There is a $4.50 charge for mailing tickets.
All sales are final and will be charged at the time the reservation is made.
A PRESERVATION FEE OF $2 IS ADDED TO EACH TICKET. THE MONEY RAISED IS USED SPECIFICALLY TO IMPROVE THE HISTORIC RITZ THEATER FOR THE COMFORT AND ENJOYMENT OF OUR PATRONS.
Youth discounts are offered for elementary, high school and college students with valid ID. Northwest-Shoals Community College faculty and students receive free admission at the door fifteen minutes prior to show time if tickets are available.
Discounts are not available on line.
Any group of 15 or more qualifies for special rates. Time Out for Theatre for the child audience offers matinees for school groups. For more information, or to schedule your school or other group outing, contact group sales at 256.383.0533.
The Ritz is not open to the public between shows, but tours of the 1927 former silent movie house may be scheduled for 18 or more at a cost of $5 each. One tour guide is admitted free. Call 256.383.0533 to schedule a facilities tour that includes the auditorium only.
The Ritz Theatre is located at 111 W. Third Street in Sheffield.
Street parking and one parking lot at the corner of Montgomery and 2nd Street are available for Ritz audience parking.
Photography or video recording by any device during performances is dangerous and distracting to performers and is strictly prohibited by law. Electronic devices are distracting to other audience members and must be turned off during performances. Phone calls and texting may be conducted in the Ritz Encore Room adjacent to the auditorium or outside the theatre. Children under five are not admitted, except to Time Out for Theatre and other certain productions. No babes in arms. No food or beverages in the auditorium.
The Ritz Theatre is a smoke-free building. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the buildings but is allowed outside the theatre at least 20 feet from the entrance to the theatre. A receptacle for cigarettes is located outside the theatre on Third Street. Smoking by actors may be appropriate for the accurate portrayal of characters in a play or the truthful telling of the story and is not intended to be construed as approval or glorification of the behavior of smoking.
Late Seating Policy
For the convenience of patrons who arrived on time and for the safety of those arriving late, latecomers may not be able to sit in the seats for which they hold tickets if late seating will disturb audience members who arrived on time. Alternate seats may be offered if seats are available in an area that will not disturb other audience members. Latecomers may be asked to wait in the Encore Room until a scene change or intermission at which time they may access their purchased seats.
Hear Every Word
Free FM Phonic headphones are available upon request for hearing impaired patrons at the courtesy table in the lobby. The devices are offered as a courtesy, not as a guarantee of audibility. The devices are not recommended for use with hearing aids.
A drop off area is provided at the front of the Ritz for special needs.
ADA tickets for persons in a wheelchair with a seat for a companion is available. Two wheelchairs are also available upon request.
Book A Tour
The Ritz is not open to the public between performances but tours of the 1927 former silent movie house may be scheduled for 18 or more at a cost of $5 each. One tour guide is admitted free. Call 256.383.0533 to schedule a facilities tour that includes the auditorium only.
Beverages and occasional snacks are served in the Encore room during intermission. As a sign of respect for performers and to prevent damage to upholstered theatre seats, food is not allowed in the auditorium during performances. A few exceptions may be made from time to time for special programs.
Safety and Security
To ensure the safety of audience, actors and technical personnel, no audience member is allowed on stage, in the Green Room, back stage or in the technical booth. Well-wishers may greet performers under the marquee or in the Encore Room following performances.