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Don’t bother to look for black (Aldridge, Blue Moon, Carter, Eastside, Jewel) theatre ads in the Daily Oklahoman, or any other white newspaper. Afro-American theatres advertised exclusively in the Black Dispatch.
Don’t understand why the map on these links don’t mark the Jewel Theatre location on NE Third, one block North from the Aldridge.
Included is a breif bio of Zelia N. Page Breaux, beloved theatre owner and music teacher.
During the late 1960s the downtown Cooper Theatre began to book black films, which siphoned Afro patrons away from Negro neighborhood cinemas, this eventually forced their closing.
Above sites work best using dial-up connenction.
Was there ever a Alva Theatre in this town? None of these links mention such a place.
write up about Liberty, Ranger, Rialto, & Ritz
1907 color post card of Grand Opera House (AkA Movietone, Liberty)
Oops! Thanks to CWChicago it has been pointed out that it was the NORSHORE I was refering to, not Nortown.
Thank you, BWC! How careless of me, of course it was the NORSHORE I was refering to.
Rapp & Rapp gave Chicago’s (1931) Nortown Theatre the same multi-color “basket weave” pattern marble floor as they had installed inside the Akdar.
Rapp & Rapp designed the (1931) Nortown Theatre mezzanine floor with the same milti color “basket weave” marble design as they had put inside the (1922) Akdar Theatre lobby in Tulsa, OK.
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Due to style similarities this theatre was probably designed by famed architect Joseph Foucart who migrated in 1889 to Indian Territory from Paris, France.
Foucart created Brooks Opera House, Guthrie, OK.
Brooks Opera House and Muskogee’s Ritz (nee-Hinton) Theatre were so similar in style and design, one can’t help but wonder if both buildings were from J. Foucart’s drawing board.
Curious, the auditorium archive photo posted on the OHS site must have been a pre opening shot. I’ve seen 1930s images of this same auditorium, and the sidewalls were painted with the “razzled-Dazzle” designs as described by OM. Backlighted grills on support columns do not show up in this image, but they were there.
Love the pictures posted on OHS site. So many black persons who were regular patrons of the Aldridge talk about this odeon with such loving memories. Seems the Aldridge and Jewel (both black owned and operated) were built not only as movie/vaude houses, but also pomp gathering places free from retraints found in churches, but not as worldly as night clubs.
Up to the end live acts were always included on the bill. One notable performer who was brought back most often was singer Little Richard.
On this site can be seen two views of the 2200 seat auditorium. These photos would have been taken in the late 1940s after all the lavish Byzantine gingerbread had been stripped away to give the space a more contemporary, streamline look. There was also a 300 seat auditorium on the fifth floor.
Enter word ‘auditorium’ in search field field, then enter,
In the 6/5/40 Criterion Theatre photo can be seen the former Empire Theatre, photo right.
Enter word ‘theatre’, then enter to see image,
Stag films shown in those days would be considered dull by todays standards. They were nothing more than T&A erotica, or burly-Q reels featuring strip queens who took off a little more than usual.
Old timers say there were several of this type of news stand along Reno Street, but those back rooms were'nt theatres. Instead Reno arcades had ancient peep show machines where customers could peer through a viewfinder to watch 3D adult films.
To see a 1960 pictures of the Palace Recreation Arcade, enter “palace”, then hit search –
Check out this c1940s photo of the Midwest Theatre boxoffice –
This ancient vaudeville house is intrigueing. If located at 29 East Main Street as those 1906 news notices say, that would explain the ads supporting unionized labor. At that location the Bijou Theatre Building is still standing today, covered over by a vaneer of perforated sheet metal. See a satellite view from the map feature above.
If it actually sat on West Main, it has been torn down. This old postcard shows where it would have been located at 29 W. Main, in the building above the letter K in the word Kingkade,
Main entrance to the Lyric Theatre was located on First Street. Here is a c1920 image of the side entryway at 127 N. Robinson, photo left -
Main entrance to the Lyric Theatre was on First Street. Here is a c1950 view of the side entryway at 127 N. Robinson, photo left -
A c1945 photo of the Uptown Theatre can be seen here-