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Murder At The Ritz: CHICAGO


Enjoy a night filled with amazing culinary treats consisting of 4 courses experienced in 4 different rooms where a scandalous new plot twist will reveal itself! The city of Chicago is a happening place with so much excitement around every corner and fashion renegades that bring a whole new meaning to a double take! Grab your friends, don your best Gatsby duds and prepare to have a devastatingly good time. Will you figure out Who Done It?


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CaPAA of NEPA’s mission is to provide a 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. Their goal is 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.


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Historic and Swanky Digs


Built in 1906 by S.Z. Poli, an Italian immigrant and accomplished wax modeler on his way to becoming the largest theater owner in the world, the Ritz building was first known as “The Poli” and hosted the likes of Harry Houdini, W.C. Fields and Will Rogers. News accounts of the day said a young Buster Keaton worked as a bartender across the street before or after his Poli gigs!

The age of motion pictures emerged, and the Poli was purchased by the Comerford movie theater chain in 1925, which renovated and expanded it into the grand movie palace many may remember from the 1960s and prior, seating 1,800. The existing art deco facade is from the Comerford era. The building continued to change hands. Competition mounted in the area and the theater converted to showing short-run movies. The last, shown in July 2000, was “U-571.”

The current owner bought the building in the early 2000’s and found some forgotten treasures of the past. A gaslit movie projector was cleaned up and incorporated into a display. Ornate brass doors and rails were in excellent shape. Walls were lined with large, hand-painted murals on canvas featuring classical Greek and Asian scenes. New murals, featuring montages of Hollywood-era stars, are now on the walls. The lobby has a long bar overlooking Wyoming Avenue. The original Poli proscenium arch, out of view, can be seen backstage in the shadows. What an incredible treasure, right here in Scranton!



 

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