Park Theater

117 W. Main Street,
Ardmore, OK 73401

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Park Theater, Ardmore, OK.

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The Adelphos Theater was opened April 19, 1921. It was renamed Ritz Theater in October 1927. The name was later changed to Park Theater. It primarily showed B-movies and westerns.

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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on August 14, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Sharp focus antique photographs of this movie house, when it was still known as Ritz, can be seen by typing word “ritz” on site below.
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DonLewis
DonLewis on March 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

A 1987 photo of the Park Theater building in Ardmore.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 1, 2009 at 9:52 am

A view from 2009 of the Ritz / Park Theater building in Ardmore.

Don…

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

Vintage photos of the Park (AKA_Ritz) Theatre can be seen;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/driveinsok

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

This is what the Park Theatre looks like nowadays,
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Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

Here’s 6 Photos I took back in November of 2007. Enjoy.

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2014 at 6:16 am

1926 and 1954 grand opening ads in photo section. It closed when the Video Twin opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

This theater is older than we thought. A house called the Adelphos Theatre opened in Ardmore in 1921. I haven’t found the theater’s address, but a 1921 advertisement for “Doctor Black’s Dental Parlor” gives his office address as 117 ½ West Main Street, with its entrance “…in Adelphos Theatre.” The Adelphos had to have been the house at 117 West Main Street.

The Adelphos Theatre was to open on Tuesday, April 19, 1921, according to a brief article in the previous Sunday’s Daily Ardmoreite. Through the early 1920s, the Adelphos, the Princess, and the Palace were the three theaters that advertised in the newspaper regularly, and they were all within a block of each other on the north side of West Main Street. It must have been the brightest block in Ardmore at night.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Here is an item from the October 7, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News:

“The Ritz Theatre, at Ardmore, Okla., which was formerly the Adelphos Theatre, is having a new $25,000 organ installed about October 1st. The Ritz has been remodeled and redecorated since the Griffin [sic] Amusement Company secured interest in it and two other theatres in Ardmore a few months ago.”
The October 21 issue of the same journal had this follow-up item (this time with the correct name of the new owners):
“The Griffith Amusement Company, Oklahoma City, plan upon opening two theatres within a week. The Ritz theatre, at Ardmore, is scheduled to open October 14th. This is the old Adelphos theatre, which has been completely remodeled and redecorated and renamed. The other is the beautiful new house at Shawnee, the Bison, which will open between October 16th and 18th.”
Another item appeared in the issue of October 28:
“The old Adelphos theatre, Ardmore, Okla., which has been entirely remodeled and redecorated and refurnished, opened last Wednesday night. The Griffith Amusement Company spent $50,000 in rejuvenating this theatre. It has been renamed the Ritz.”

Cimarron
Cimarron on April 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Upload of Park Theater pic from 50’s added to Photo Section.

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