The Historic Ramona Theatre
www.ramonatheatre.com | 580-335-5689 | 114 S. 9th
Built in 1929, this historic Spanish Colonial Style theatre was once called “The Showcase of the Southwest.” The Frederick Arts and Humanities Council now owns the building, using it for a variety of different events ranging from concerts to theatrical productions.
The Ramona Theatre built in 1929, is an excellent example of the Spanish Colonial Style that was popular in the Southwest and Florida during the 1920's. The ornamentation of the facade, and the interior of the theatre are typical of the details that were combined from the Mediterranean World to create a building reminiscent of a Spanish back-ground. This style was popular from 1915-1940, with most of the building being built in the 1920's. The architect for the Ramona, George Kadane, maintained his office in the Theatre's second floor.
Throughout the years the Ramona has seen its ups and downs. In the 1980’s the Frederick Arts and Humanities Council partnered with a group of concerned citizens to purchase the building and begin its restoration.
Since then the Ramona has been on a constant incline of restoration. From lights and sound systems to restored original Exit signs, the building is slowly taking back its original shape.
A majority of the Arts Council’s Funds are put into the beautification of this historical, grand gem. For a tour of the Ramona please call the number above or stop by the chamber office.