The Ritz Theater
Built in 1929, the Ritz Theatre is one of the last historic buildings remaining in Corpus Christi. It’s best known from its glory days as the Ritz Music Hall in the 1970s, where a plethora of iconic artists—from Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica and Def Leppard—all performed.
The Ritz has not been in operation since 1989, but efforts are underway to bring it back as a creative hub. For now, the Ritz Theatre is open the first Friday of every month during the Corpus Christi Downtown Artwalk. Admission is free—anyone to come in and explore the venue while learning about the history of the theatre!
PATCH, a non-profit behind the restoration, has launched a dynamic new action plan to bring back this Coastal Bend music staple. Their goal is to repair all damages to the building’s structure, restore the venue into a state-of-the-art entertainment venue and revive Corpus Christi’s downtown arts and entertainment scene.
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.