Lamoni Call opened the Surprise Theatre on 12 May 1909. The theater did so well that a company organized a year later to buy and enlarge the theater to 500 seats. A stage was to be added, "sufficiently large to accommodate the best traveling troupes that visit small towns."
The Carriage Square Trolley theater was located at 1785 West 4120 South
and had two screens. The theater was built by Trolley Theaters,
but later managed by Plitt and Cineplex Odeon. Cineplex Odeon closed
the theater in January 1988 because the theater couldn't compete showing
first-run movies. They reopened the theater in July 1988 as a dollar
theater and renamed it Carriage Square Cinemas. The theater was
later closed and converted into a gym.