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September 6, 2017 4:56 pm


 (Jacksonville, FL – August 31, 2017) The Ritz Theatre and Museum is going to party like its 1999 for the whole month of September to celebrate its 18th anniversary. The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla.

To celebrate, the Ritz Theatre and Museum will offer limited $19.99 tickets for the following September shows: singer-songwriter Raul Midón (9/16), Broadway Boys (9/22), soul pianist Jarrod Lawson (9/23) and jazz artist Katie Thiroux (9/24).

Also, if you say “Happy Anniversary!” at the Box Office during the month of September 2017, you will receive free entry to the Ritz Museum, which features the permanent collection, Lift Ev’ry Voice. The Ritz Museum connects and celebrates our rich African American heritage through the stories of some of our greatest Floridians. Experience the live animatronic historical story of Jacksonville’s native sons, James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson tell how their song Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing became the African American National Anthem. Peek into Clara White’s Mission. Feel the vibe of the “Harlem of the South” nightclub in the 1940’s. Find your relative or neighbor in the society photographs of Ellie L. Weems. Experience a sit in at the Woolworth’s counter as the Civil Rights Protestors did in the 1960’s. Reflecting on the triumphs and tribulations in our past guides our own personal stories and gives us a road map for our collective future. Please join us on our path of discovery. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow the Ritz Theatre and Museum on social media for a month full of facts! Facebook: @RitzJacksonville and Twitter/Instagram: @RitzJax.

Other September events at the Ritz Theatre and Museum include: Puttin’ on the Ritz (9/1), The Still Real Entertainment Concert (9/9) and African Village Bazaar (9/24).