The building fell into decline after years of neglect, but in 1981, the City of Brunswick purchased the building and it was modernized in order to keep up with the changing world. However, the original “Ritz” sign remained intact.
Currently, the Ritz Theatre hosts many events throughout the year, such as programs, concerts, public forums, beauty contests, dance recitals, etc. The lobby doubles as a visual art gallery, housing local works, and an information center for tourism. It is managed by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association.