Ritz Theatre

225 Oak Main Avenue,
Comanche, OK 73529

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Previous Names: Quannah Theatre

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The Quannah Theatre was opened in 1920. It suffered damage from a fire on May 15, 1927. with 500-seats. Following repairs, it reopened on August 15, 1927. It was updated in early 1928 and reopened as the Ritz Theatre on February 18, 1928 with Clara Bow in “Rough House Rosie”. In 1954 it was operated by V.A. Wilkinson. It was destroyed by a fire on September 2, 1959.

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dallasmovietheaters on January 23, 2022 at 6:13 pm

The Quannah Theatre appears to have opened in downtown Comanche, Oklahoma in 1920. On May 15, 1927, the Quannah Theatre was damaged by fire. Repairs were made by operator George Williams at its relaunch In August. 15, 1927. Showing class, Williams recalled what serial chapter they were on when they reopened.

William Lancaster and Mr. R.P. Lancaster took on the venue and updated it in 1928. It received Motiograph DeLuxe projectors, new screen and new signage at its reopening on February 18, 1928, as the Ritz Theatre with Clara Bow in “Rough House Rosie.” Lancaster would purchase Vitaphone and Movietone sound was installed for its first sound show on February 14, 1930 for sound with “The Mighty” starring George Bancroft.

The Lancasters would upgrade the sound system in 1933 along with a new air conditioning system. The operator of the theatre in 1940s and 1950s was V.A. “Spec” Lancaster. The theatre burned in 1959.

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