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Oklahoma Movie Theatres (page 1)

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Ritz Theatre
Shawnee, OK
Hornbeck Theatre
Shawnee, OK
The Ritz Theatre building was constructed around 1897 as a dry goods store. In 1913, it was remodeled as the Cozy Theatre. In 1926, it was renamed the Ritz. The theatre closed in 1988. It was donated to the City in 1999 and has been undergoing restoration since then. The theatre is now used as a live performance venue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Hornbeck Theatre was designed by Jack Corgan and built in 1947. In 1973, the balcony was remodeled into a separate theatre named the "Penthouse". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Coleman Theatre
Miami, OK
The Coleman Theatre opened in 1929. It was designed by Robert O. Boller of the Boller Brothers. In 1989, the Coleman family donated the theatre to the City. It is now used as a performing arts center. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Center Theatre
Vinita, OK
Allred Theatre
Pryor, OK
Stovall Theatre
Sayre, OK
The Center Theatre opened in 1922 with live entertainment and movies. The interior has been triplexed and is now known as the Center 3 Theatres. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Allred Theatre was built in 1915. The exterior and marquee appear to have been updated in the 1930s or so. For more, see this website.

The Stovall Theatre opened in 1950. It has been vacant for many years. For more, see this website.

Woodward Theatre
Woodward, OK
Rialto Theatre
Alva, OK
The Woodward Theatre was built in 1929 and restored in 1981. It is now known as the Woodward Arts Theatre. For more, see this website.

The Rialto Theatre opened in 1949 and is still operating. This building replaced the previous Rialto Theatre which was built on the same site. For more, see this website.

Agnew Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
Plaza Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
The Agnew Theatre was designed by Jack Corgan and opened in 1945. It closed in 1958 and has housed several restaurants since then. The building appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Plaza Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1935. It closed in 1979 and the interior was gutted after that. The first two photos above are from 2006. In 2007, the theatre was renovated and reopened as the Lyric at the Plaza (third photo from 2011). It is now a live performance venue. The current skeleton-style marquee was based on the theatre's original look. The same design was used for the Plaza Theatre in Ottawa, KS. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

May Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
Tower Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Opry
Oklahoma City, OK
The May Theatre opened around 1941. It closed in 1989. The building now houses a church. For more, see this website.

The Tower Theatre opened in 1937. It has been closed since 1989 and the interior has been gutted. In 2006, new owners began renovating the theatre. In 2010, about $50,000 was spent to restore the marquee sign. Most of the sign's paint was still in good shape but about half of the neon had to be replaced. Originally, the sign was animated with letters that lit up sequentially and flashed. However, the neon is now static. The marquee at the bottom of the sign had been hit several times by passing trucks and had to be rebuilt. The curb in front of the building was extended to protect the sign from future damage. Restoration of the theatre and the building's adjoining retail space is still ongoing. The sign is lit several times per week to generate interest in the progress of the project. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Oklahoma Opry was originally known as the Knob Hill Theatre. It was designed by Jack Corgan and was built in 1946. It became a venue for live performances (gospel and country music) in 1978. The theatre appears to be closed. For more, see this website.

Centre Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
Will Rogers Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK
The Centre Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1947. It closed in the mid-1970s. The former theatre is now part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. For more, see this website.

The Will Rogers Theatre was designed by Jack Corgan and opened in 1946. The lobby has housed Will's Cafe & Lobby Bar since 2002. The auditorium is used for catered events. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Continental Theatre [gone]
Oklahoma City, OK
The Continental Theatre opened in 1965 and featured a Cinerama screen. It was the prototype for identical theatres built in Tulsa, OK and Denver, CO. The theatre closed in 1983. These photos were taken in 2006. The theatre was demolished later that year. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

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