The Ritz Theater
The Depression-Era historic Ritz Theater entertained folks in Corpus Christi for almost 60 years. In the early years, it was the first “talking picture” theater in the Coastal Bend and one of the finest in the state. The Ritz brightened the lives of a lot of folks during America’s time of economic gloom. In a later incarnation as the Ritz Music Hall, it played host to many a rock and pop musical icon, including Elvis Presley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Bo Diddley and Texas legend, Willie Nelson. Local lovers of architecture, culture and history have come together to preserve her legacy and keep her place as an active part of the city’s cultural landscape. In addition to fundraisers and various community events, the theater is open to the public each month during First Friday Artwalk, when guests may tour and learn all about this local gem.
Located In Bayfront/Downtown
Sing your favorite karaoke song, show off your Texas two-step dancing skills or catch a baseball game at Whataburger Field. Corpus Christi’s bayfront/downtown area offers more than 1,200 hotel rooms, some of the city’s finest dining options, a marina and museums. The Marina Arts District in downtown features excellent eateries and the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina. This zone also includes the Sports, Entertainment and Arts District (SEA District) which includes the Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Concrete Street Amphitheater and Hurricane Alley Waterpark. McGee Beach located on the downtown seawall offers a beach that is perfect for children and fishing along the jetties.