Carousel Theater

212 W. Muskogee Avenue,
Sulphur, OK 73086

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Carlton Theater, Ritz Theater

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Carousel Theater

The Carlton Theatre was opened by 1950 and closed in early-1959. It reopened as the Ritz Theater in March 1959. In the 1980’s it was renamed Carousel Theater.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 1, 2009 at 4:24 am

A view from 2009 of the former Ritz Theater in Sulphur. There is probably a neat little theater behind this nightmarish facade.


Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on December 24, 2011 at 3:19 am

I found an advertisement for another Sulphur theatre called the “Pinto” that also shows an advert for the “Carousel,” which was a children’s clothing store. Flyer was dated 1974.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

Here’s 4 Photos of the Ritz / Carousel Theatre from November of 2007..

Enjoy! Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

RachelHall on October 11, 2015 at 7:10 am

This theater was owned in the late 1980s by my father, Dennis Arterburn. I basically grew up in this theater. He refurbished it himself after many years of not being in operation. The first showing was the movie Legal Eagles. He named the theater Carousel, as there was a theater in Madill called the Ritz, which he also owned. He later refurbished and opened a theater in Healton, and previously partially owned the Tivoli in Ardmore. I remember him putting the Carousel sign up but I can’t remember where he found it. To look inside the windows of the theater now is like seeing it frozen in time. The light fixtures are the same, the cabinets, even the concession sign is the same. I would love to get the chance to go back inside one more time.

Popcorn $1, $2, & $3 Drinks .75, $1, $1.50 Candy .50 Pickles .50

Child $2.00
Adults $3.50

Those were the days!

Cimarron on November 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Family vacationed in the Sulpher area in 50’s, 60’s and would frequent a movie theatre in town but, not sure if this is the same one..Seems that it may have been destroyed by fire..But, always enjoyed Sulpher area and old Platt National Park. Thanks for sharing.

dallasmovietheaters on October 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

The long-running Carlton Theatre closed in 1959 and was refreshed becoming the Ritz Theatre in March of 1959.

dallasmovietheaters on October 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Also known as the Carlton Theatre

KenLayton on October 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Any pictures of the inside of this theater?

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