When Carpenter Square Theatre started in 1984, Oklahoma City theater-going audiences were served by only one or two other community theaters, not including Lyric Theatre and local universities. Other community theaters have come and gone over the decades, but CST has stayed, albeit in different locations.
CST has moved 5 times in our history, each one forced by either progress or natural disaster. Our original location became a parking lot for the OK County Jail. We were flooded out at Stage Center after being there for 13 years. Our previous location, which was in a questionable part of OKC when we moved in, happened to sit in what became the most desirable part of town. The good news, though, is that we have a long-term lease with an option to buy where we now anchor the southwest corner of the West Village District.
Plays are presented in an intimate setting with seating for 120. The theatre also houses a lobby art gallery and a bar, and the audience may take refreshments inside the theatre. Free parking on the street and Sweis' Greek Cafe near the corner of Reno & Western. More parking is along both sides of SW 2 and on S. Classen.