Built in 1899, Historic Ritz Theatre hosts live performances by renowned performers and holds classic film series and a variety of exhibits at Ritz Theatre Gallery. Historic Ritz Theatre has seen great success as a regional performing arts center. Located in "Old Town Brunswick" National Register Historic District, it was originally built as Grand Opera House. The three-story Victorian building in ornate brick and stonework was built for the legitimate stage. Later it served as a theatre for vaudeville. In 1930s when motion pictures became popular it converted into a movie theater. To give the building a modern art deco look, the first-story brickwork was covered with Carraro glass, and an elaborate marquee and cascading sign were added, converting it from Grand Opera to Ritz Theatre. In 1980 the Ritz was modernized and substantially altered, but the Ritz sign was left intact. Since 1989 the Ritz returned to its roots to offer live performances on the its historic stage.