Billed as a horror film but more of a backstage comedy, PHANTOM OF THE RITZ proves slightly more successful at the latter than at the former. In any case, it needed a little more ritz and a lot
The story opens in 1958, when a drag-racing accident causes the teenaged brother of one of the participants to be horribly burned. He ends up haunting the local Ritz movie theater, remaining even after the place has closed down. In the present day, the building, now fallen into grave disrepair, is
bought by Ed Blake (Peter Bergman of the Firesign Theater), who hopes to renovate it and turn it into a 1950s rock 'n' roll club as therapy for his midlife ...