Our Hittsville Neighbors

Ragtag is one of four businesses that share the building we call Hittsville, at 10 Hitt Street in downtown Columbia.

Uprise Bakery

Full-flavored artisan and whole grain breads, homemade soups, specialty sandwiches, scratch pastries, bread plates, and breakfast. Offering several vegetarian options in a relaxed atmosphere. Each meal is made fresh to order; this takes some time, so if you are thinking about enjoying a film with a meal, please allow us time to prepare your food.

Uprise Bakery's kitchen is open 6:30am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 6:30am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is closed on Sunday. (573)256-2265.

Only food and drink from Uprise is allowed in our theaters.

The bar carries a wide array of craft beers, wines, and spirits. It's a great place to gather before or after a film. Open seven days a week.

Hitt Records

New and used vinyl records. Recorded sounds research and archives. Also the coolest place in town.

Open every day from noon until 8pm. Contact them at [email protected] or (573)777-9299.

The Building

This Colonial Revival commercial property at 10 Hitt Street was built in 1935 to house the local Coca-Cola bottling plant. Columbia's original Coca-Cola franchise was purchased by Ed Roberson in 1932 and moved to this building upon its completion in 1935. Roberson chose this location at the edge of the business district in order to provide easy access for delivery trucks to downtown businesses.

It is most likely that the building’s design was influenced by its location. In the 1930s, most of the buildings on Hitt Street were residential. The gabled roof and dormers combined with the Colonial Revival stylistic elements of quoins and a corbelled cornice give the building a residential appearance.

Roberson's Coca-Cola plant at 10 Hitt Street operated for just over thirty years. In 1966, the facility was moved to a larger location to meet the demands of the operation. In that same year, Kelly Press purchased 10 Hitt Street and operated a printing press in the building until 2005.

In 2005, a group of 12 local individuals formed Hittsville, LLC and purchased the building at 10 Hitt Street to serve as a new location for three local downtown businesses — Ninth Street Video, Uprise Bakery and Ragtag Cinema. 10 Hitt Street was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. A fourth business, Hitt Records, was added in 2013. The building adopted the name of its investors and has been known as Hittsville since these businesses opened at 10 Hitt Street in 2008.

The Gallery

Sager Braudis Gallery

Hittsville has collaborated with Sager Braudis Gallery owner and curator Joel Sager to adorn the walls in the Uprise dining room/Ragtag lobby area. Whether you're at Hittsville to dine or stand in line to see a movie, you'll now be surrounded by stimulating artwork.

The Permanent Visual Arts Collection

Construction in Copper

designed by Willy Wilson; constructed by Marty Riback and David Wilson

In 1920 the Russian artist and architect Vladimir Yevgrafovich Tatlin drew up plans for a huge tower constructed of iron, steel and glass as a monument to the Communist International movement. Its intended height was 1,200 feet — a third taller than the Eiffel Tower — with a cube, pyramid, cylinder and hemisphere rotating inside. The visionary work was never constructed; it would have taken more steel than Russia was capable of producing. The interpretation of Tatlin's tower that anchors our box office reflects the daring spirit of the original design, which is also evident in the films you will enjoy at Ragtag Cinema.

Mural

Lee Elementary 5th graders and Dr. Ann Mehr; screenprinting on clay

The mural in the north courtyard displays the history of motion pictures and of Columbia's movie houses, all in 36 square feet. Constructed by Lee Expressive Arts School's 2007 5th grade class, this clay mural started with the silkscreening of historic Columbia theater photos onto clay (with special thanks to Diggit Printing and the Missouri Historical Society). 3-D tiles created by the children brought the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock, King Kong, Buster Keaton, and others vividly into life.

Horn Player

Bob Bussabarger; ceramic

The Horn Player, with his mischievious pout, feels right at home on our outdoor patio after years at various other locations. One of Bussabarger's many music-themed sculptures, Horn Player was inspired by the comic marching Fufu bands of India. Bussabarger says "The material is clay — earth — a basic element that is centered in the world," which, according to him, makes Ragtag an appropriate display site because he believes it is "the physical and mental center of the community."

Glass Wall Sconces

Susie Fiegel of Village Glass Works

Susie Fiegel, who makes reproduction glass shades for historic fixtures all over the country, created molds to form the glass wall sconces that illuminate Ragtag's halls. The molten glass for the sconces is poured onto a table, fed through rollers to produce thin sheets, which are cut to size and then bent in the kiln at 1170 degrees. The black-and-white glass was swirled by hand and then sandblasted. The dark red/orange glass in the big theater comes to us from the longest operating opalescent glass factory in the world.