Fort Worth's Ridglea Theater Grand Re-Opening on Sept 1

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Fort Worth's Ridglea Theater Grand Re-Opening on Sept 1

Post by historicridglea » Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:39 am

Fort Worth, Texas ( Dec 21, 2010) – The new owners of the historic Ridglea Theater in west Fort Worth are excited to announce the Grand Re-Opening of the city’s landmark art-deco theater next fall on September 1, 2011. The Thursday night grand re-opening celebration will usher in a new era of entertainment for the trendy Fort Worth neighborhood on Camp Bowie Boulevard where it resides.

After closing on the sale of the 2000+ capacity theater, Dallas businessman Jerry Shults met with theater preservationists, architects, and construction consultants to helm the total 100% restoration of the Theater’s original design specifications. Projects to restore the terrazzo tile floor, restoration of the enormous upstairs balcony, returning the stage to its original position, new state of the art digital sound system, 2000+ square foot green room, and even restoring the 30 foot high Spanish Conquistador murals are already a go, with many more changes to be announced by Shults in the coming months. While the current tenants & regional rock promoters who lease the Theater are set to give up control of the property in March, Shults will start now, step by step in restoring the Theater to its original condition in anticipation of the September date as his debut opening night.

Shults has also hired longtime Fort Worth based music industry exec & Westside resident Casey Mack to head up the new Theaters’ operations and entertainment and whom will be in charge of securing talent for the stage.

Located within the ultra hip 9 mile strip of Fort Worth’s historic Ridglea neighborhood, Shults is excited for what lies ahead for the posh community on the Westside and cannot wait to debut the Theater with an opening week that Shults says, “will set the bar for what is to come.”

Prior to the Ridglea, Fort Worth based Casey Mack has done it all in Dallas/Fort Worth & the nation’s independent music scenes. A protégé of Fort Worth record impresario Rick Smith in the early 2000’s, it was from him that Mack found the passion for music and the love of all things Fort Worth, most importantly the cultural west side community that they both called home.

During his tenure working under Smith, Mack worked on such projects as Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics in 2004, 2005 and over 20 live album recordings, starting with country star Jack Ingram in 2003 to his own passion projects, which included albums by his friends in the Randy Rogers Band and Oklahoma based folk-rocker Stoney LaRue, as well as Arizona rock n roll kings, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers ® in 2005.

Tragically, his mentor Smith passed away in August 2004, and Mack remained steadfast that he would continue on Smith’s visions for the Fort Worth community.

“Rick Smith Sr. was very instrumental in driving my passion for Fort Worth. Culturally, professionally, and musically, he was someone whom this town and I will forever be grateful to.” After Smith's passing, Mack joined Fort Worth Celebrity Chef Tim Love’s management team, ran the marketing for the legendary Fort Worth honky-tonk the White Elephant Saloon & the Zagat rated Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. In this time, Mack also worked on marketing campaigns for such hit-makers on the Texas Music Chart radio circuit as Johnny Cooper and Fort Worth’s own native sons, the Tejas Brothers. Having over 10+ years experience on the road in venues across the US and in the office, Mack has learned many valuable lessons in the music business. Lessons that he says will help make the newly restored Ridglea Theater “one of the classiest entertainment venues in the nation with Grammy ® level talent.

“The Westside of Fort Worth has been entertainment starved for quite some time. While many great bars exist in Fort Worth to see up and coming Texas based local and regional talent, Fort Worth and specifically the Westside now has a direct alternative. Now the best artists in American music will be playing in a historic theater in our own backyard, in what is the epicenter of the trendiest part of Fort Worth. Get ready West-o-Plex, your long drives and expensive nights in Dallas for nightly entertainment are over!”

As for what the Fort Worth West-o-Plex can expect, Mack says, “Imagine a cross of a Bill Graham ran Fillmore ®, a trendy urban cocktail lounge, a celebrity chef influenced 5 star concert dining experience, and the world class Fort Worth charm & sophistication that makes our city and its people stand apart from the rest.”

Adds Mack, “Most importantly, owner Shults' passionate decades-long vision for restoring the Theater is finally going to come to fruition. This will truly mark the Ridglea Theater's return as the grand dame of Camp Bowie Boulevard.”

As for the opening week lineup and ticket sales, “stay tuned to your radio dial.”, Mack says. “Jerry wants to have an announcement party in April and it will be a huge celebration for the city, our local musical community and for the Westside of Fort Worth.“

With the year coming up in America’s 5 largest Nielson DMA Market, Super Bowl XLV® and then this beautiful Theater re-opening, Fort Worth will become a beacon on the national landscape for many years to come.



Ridglea on Camp Bowie (I-30 to Alta Mere) - The architecture of Ridglea has a 1940's Mediterranean style influence and is home to trendy shopping and Fort Worth’s best dining destinations as well as commercial businesses that stretch upon a 9 mile boulevard. For more information, visit

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