El Rancho Theater

Main Street,
Ringling, OK 73456

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Previous Names: Ringling Theater

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The El Rancho Theater was opened prior to 1950. It was closed on August 30, 1964 with Frankie Avalon in “Muscle Beach Party”. It was destroyed by fire in 1970.

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xxx on September 7, 2005 at 10:03 pm

Ringling was winter residence for one of the Ringling Bros Circus units, so most likely the theater was connected with curcus folk. You should see those great circus themed tomb stones in the local cemetery.

Okie on May 28, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Though it is true Ringling, Oklahoma, owes its origins to Al Ringling (Ringling Bros, Barnum, & Bailey) Circus, the local cemetery has only a couple of headstones reflecting this fact.
Hugo, Oklahoma, is where you will find Showmen’s Rest Cemetery which has numerous circus themed tombstones in honor of all the “carnys” and circus performers buried there. Three world famous rodeo cowboys requested that their final resting place be here also. Click below for a reverent link to Showmen’s Rest-
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Here are two Ringling links-
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dallasmovietheaters on January 15, 2022 at 1:39 am

Cliff L. Lance took the El Rancho widescreen on April 2, 1954 with “The Robe” in CinemaScope. It appears to have closed at the end of lease on August 30, 1964 with “Muscle Beach Party.”

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