Actually, Ritz-Palaceton, the Lions Head and all of the architectural touches can be credited to the previous owners, Gulf South Theaters. They built The Palace 20 and AMC came along a few years later and bought them out. That's why the theater looks so unlike any AMC you've ever seen. Gulf South Theaters was a locally owned company. Locally owned companies appear to be an endangered species nowadays.
A not-to-be missed music experience in NOLA! I recommend buying tickets in advance so that you're guaranteed a spot in this very tiny music venue. It's hot, it's crowded, but the music you'll hear from some of the best jazz artists in the city is unforgettable.
This theatre is kind of ghetto, but I have fond memories of being a UNO student who would take the bus straight from my dorm's front door to the theatre and seeing a lot of movies there for an inexpensive price. Glad to see it's still around.