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Post of Tower Theater, Oklahoma City, 1950’s pic. Clik on Photo Tab above to view pics.
Post of two additional pics. Midwest in process of demolition and view of theater from west side alley. Clik above photo tab for pics.
Warner Theater Oklahoma City, Photo’s of original Overholser Opera House as well as the later conversion to Orhpeum Theater prior to becoming the Warner have been added to the photo section.
Orpheum Theater, Oklahoma City, 1920’s transitioned from original Overholser Opera House. Later to become Warner.
Warner Theater, Oklahoma City, began life early 1900’s as Overholser Opera House.
As a kid, I saw many Saturday Westerns at the Agnew. There was a really great feature, they had a private room located at the back of the auditorium with a glass viewing wall, 10 to 15 seats for parents with crying infants. Todays modern new theaters should consider the same type of room except, for those fools that have to text during a film. That would allow the texters to text up a storm without disturbing those of us that turn our phones off to enjoy the movie. Wishful thinking but, would be nice.
Above photo of Midwest Theater, 16 N Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK. was shot during the 1946 showing of “The Well-Groomed Bride” Staring Ray Milland.
Just posted photo section print ad of Midwest Theater Grand Opening.
Midwest Theater, Oklahoma City, Grand Opening print pic ad 1931.
Oklahoma City’s Midwest Theater was the host of two World Premier’s; 1947 Black Gold & 1960 Cimarron. See Photos section above.
RGN5SPA, if you see this note, clik on the photos tab at top of page to see Yale Projector Rm photo I added. The machines would have been in use at the time your dad was Yale Projectionist.
Midwest Theater, Oklahoma City, OK. 1944 showing of Wilson.
Tinseltoes, thanks for the Boxoffice link to the Midwest’s 1960 World Premier of “CIMARRON”. The article and photo’s of the Premier reveals how big of a deal this was for Oklahoma City and Stanley Warner Mgmt. as well as MGM…A really terrific movie 2boot!
Neat theater, saw “Sound of Music” in 1965. Recall setting in the balcony with gal friend at the time.
Any happenings with Tower these days?
Fandangled, I recall the Midwest ran movies from other companies i.e. MGM, Fox as well as Warner Bros. and seem
to recall that their Warner Theater in Okla. City did play mostly Warner films. Interesting history.
Go to the following blog link for additional Midwest photo’s and interesting tid bits http://dougdawg.blogspot.com/2006/07/lets-go-downtown-to-movies.html#Midwest
The Midwest was as you said, magnificient! You probably noticed that those heavenly stars in the ceiling revealed the Little and Big Dipper. Interesting story and experience. Thanks
Thanks All for the above Midwest photo sites. Really great!
Glad to see that the building is in use. Party House, it was kind of
a party house working with my other teen friends as we had a lot of fun at that theatre and even got paid.
Not sure of current status of Yale, I no longer reside in OKC but,
I went by there a couple years back and it looked to be closed as well as several of the near by buildings and stores. Unfortunately,
the entire area was in a state of decline. I did go into google earth and took a look see and there are some indication of it being used for something but, could not read the letters on the marque.
Yes, it was really cool in the 50’s!
In my note above on Mar 3, I believe I found the architectural drawing of the out door theatre the Sam Caporal described to me back in the 50’s while working as an usher at the Yale.
Unfortunately, the sketch is not on a web site that I could find but, here is the pub info..
On page 37 of “OKLAHOMA CITY REDISCOVERED” by William D Welge, Arcadia Publishing, arcadiapublishing.com, Library of Congress Catalog Number 2007921381.
The sketch of the Yale has what looks like an outdoor theatre next to it called “AIRDOME” with what appears to be a ticket window on the front wall with a wide open entrance. The drawing has the name of
C. J. HANCOX, Architect. The information in the article indicates that the name was changed in 1921 from the Capitol Hill Theatre to the Yale Theatre… Interesting!
During the 50’s and early 60’s, several buildings having large basements in the downtown OKC area were used as Civil Defense Shelters. The Midwest Theatre was one of the buildings and was
identified as so with a bright yellow Civil Defense sign on the outside of the theatre. In the basement were several large drum barrels filled with survival necessities e.g. food, water and medical
supplies. Each of the barrels were also identified with the same bright yellow Civil Defense logo as on the outside sign…Civil Defense shelters were common during the cold war nucular threat era and several movie theatres through out the U.S. were natural shelter
sites for the Civil Defense Department.
RPT, funny now but, sure it wasn’t at the time..
We didn’t realize at the time that all of those horse back tricks performed by Roy, Gene, Hoppy were done by professional stunt riders
and it make it look easy for us to imitate..Lucky we not not killed.
The above comment about the Redskin being closed in the early 50’s must be a typo..As noted by RPT above, it closed as a movie theater in the 70’s and that is what I recall as well….I attended many Saturday movies as a kid in the early to mid 50’s and saw a variety of Western’s featuring Red Ryder, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hoppy, etc., etc., along with lots of cliff hanger serials during that time frame…Lot’s of good Saturday entertainment…
Thanks for the insight RPT! Interesting insight about some of the
good o days!