The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center is a building rich in Scranton history. One of the oldest theaters in NEPA, we are now home to an educational arts program called the Creative and Performing Arts Center. The Ritz Theater has our very own troupe of actors called the Ritz Mainstage Players. The Ritz Mainstage Players is responsible for our theater for young audience productions, Fairytale Brunches, and more mature productions, such as past titles like Into the Woods, Matilda, Urinetown, and Little Women.
The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center also hosts various events and rentals throughout the year. Previously we have hosted a variety acts, business luncheons, and formal galas. This past year we hosted groups like the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Lackawanna Historical Society, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We host events both ticketed that are open to the public, as well as invite-only.
Where is the theater?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:48:13-05:00
Yes! Although the Ritz Theater is an old vaudeville theater with many stairs, we have a chair lift and elevator located right on the first floor. This will take you straight up to our front-row ADA and handicap-accessible seating. Our Poli Lounge is the only part of our building that is not currently handicap-accessible.
How was the Ritz Theater established?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:53:21-05:00
You can call us at 570-252-4156, leaving a message and we will return your call shortly. Tickets purchased over the phone will require credit card information. You can always obtain tickets on our website by clicking on the event you would like to attend on our event page. It will take you to our ticketing platform: ShowTix4U.com. We also sell tickets at the door 30 minutes to an hour before each of our events at an additional $5 per ticket.
The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center is home to several different groups and organizations. One of our most well-known is our educational arts division: NEPA’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy! CaPAA provides opportunities to be on-stage or backstage for students K-12. Sometimes our CaPAA kids are pulled for performance opportunities in the Ritz Mainstage Players.
CaPAA of NEPA’s mission is to provide quality education in the creative and performing arts to young children, teens, and adults in an environment that honors achievement, creativity, and personal growth, regardless of ability or resources. We aim to nurture and inspire a lifelong love and appreciation of the creative and performing arts and provide unique opportunities for cultural exchange and community understanding.
Our theater is dynamic seating, meaning our seating can change per event. Typically for every show, we have one of three styles or a mixture of the three: general admission, reserved seating, and catered-style seating. For general admission, seating is first come, first served. You will pick your seat from the allotted section. For reserved seating, you will choose your seat from the chart pictured on ShowTix4U.com. Usually, we will have premium reserved, generally reserved, and student reserved seating options. Please note that our premium seating is the most comfortable with our plush, purple seats (D, E, F, H). Our general reserved is still very comfortable but will start a few rows in with our padded green seats (G, I, K) or our standard red seating further back (L, M, N, O). Please note that rows I and K are barstools, which will be sold as either general reserved or student-reserved seating. Our first row C is handicap accessible; to purchase tickets in this row, you must call the box office at 570-252-4156.
What is your capacity for events?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:57:09-05:00
Our theater is 375 guests, 250+ guests for catered seating, and 500 guests for standing cocktail. We can do a 500 guest standing cocktail. Our Poli Lounge can accommodate 50-75 guests. Click here to see more information on our theater or our Poli Lounge
Can I hire a fairytale character for my special event?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:58:24-05:00
We have nearly every princess character you heart could desire! Our standard princesses are Beauty, Scottish Princess, Desert Princess, Briar Rose, Cinderella, Fairest Princess, Ice Queen, Island Princess, Snow Princess, Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Alice, Queen of Hearts, Native Princess, and Mary Poppins. We also offer a few villains for Halloween, like Sea Witch, Maleficent, Mother Gothel, and Captain Hook, as well as a few male characters, like Beast, Prince Eric, Peter Pan, and Prince Charming.
We have occasionally had traveling performances for various educational institutions and organizations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information to hear about our options of bringing the Ritz Theater to you!
How can my kid be involved?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:59:08-05:00
We host parties of all kinds! We have had parties in our Poli Lounge, the Blackbox Café, or in the theater! So, whether it’s your little one’s birthday party or a retirement party for a coworker, whether you want an intimate cocktail or a movie on the big screen, whether a murder mystery or a chill karaoke night, bring your party to the Ritz! Contact email@example.com for more information!
When are auditions?kurt effert2023-02-25T10:41:00-05:00
We have an annual season casting call at the end of the summer and occasional open calls throughout the year based on project needs. Follow our social media channels to stay up to date with casting opportunities!
The Ritz has over a decade of costumes and props used in a variety of shows! Perhaps your school, church, or community theater needs something specific or maybe you need some pieces to inspire you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if we have what you’re looking for!