Located at 829 North Davis Street in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, the Ritz Theatre and Museum is the city’s premier venue for African-American arts. Situated in the La Villa neighborhood, historically populated by African-Americans, it was constructed in 1999 on the former Ritz Theater. Built in 1929, the 600-seat theater was one of the many popular sites visited from the 1920s until the 1960s.
The great success of La Villa during this time period prompted it to be referenced as the “Harlem of the South”. This moniker was used by several Black communities, including Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia, outside the famous community of the Manhattan borough in New York City.