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To view vintage images type in word ‘theatre’,
You can have a lot of fun on this by typing in words like ‘drawing’, ‘architecture’, ‘theatre’, and such …
View vintage photos by typing in word “theatre”,
View vintage interior/exterior photos by typing in word “theatre”,
Don & Gene:
For vintage photos of just about every theatre that ever existed in Lubbock, TX, go to the link on Seymour’s 08/28/07 post and type in word ‘theatre’. You’ll see some really nice shots.
See this open air cinema as it original looked as the Broken Arrow Drive-In Theatre,
Check out this site for complete history, with pictures, of Sheidan Drive,
Recently on a train bound for Chicago I crossed paths with an elderly woman named Vera who had worked in Oklahoma City during the ‘40’s & 50’s as a bartender in a tavern called the Linger Longer Lounge, across from the Pix Theatre. Vera told me about the days when newstands along Reno Street sold hard-core porn pulp magazines from “under the counter”, and only to customers they knew.
She went on to tell about how when Viewmaster invented stereo-photo disk these same newstands sold illegal stereo “beaver color shot” disks. These disk fit into standard Viewmaster toys and were much sought after, but very hard to get because they violated copyright and patent privileges, and any merchant caught pushing them would get into BIG trouble!
Most of these newstands also had backroom arcades where ancient cast iron peep show machines ground out X-rated loops. These machines created 3-D effects with continuouse film strips that had two seperate side-by-side images that when viewed together through stereopticon lenses produced a true 3-D illusion.
Vera said Johnny Law seldom bothered with vice along Reno Street, but would crack down hard on any merchant who tried to pedal adult material outside this shady district of OKC.
Gone are the days …
What do you smoke, Seymour? There are twenty years between 1948 and 1968.
You’re right, Melba, and Tower Theatre shots mentioned on Seymour’s post are those of the Drumright Tower.
The Oklah Theatre began life as a frontier opera house. View an 1902 image of the Oklah below,
Original design of the Palace Theatre was French themed. When a new marquee replaced the old bronze and glass canopy, the look was updated to 1940s Moderne. Gleeming enamaled paneling sheathed the facade in 1963, bringing about a fresh new look.
Look at 1936, 1941, & 1963 photos by typing in word “palace”,
Look at 1936 interior/exterior images by typing word ‘mid-west",
View 1936 interior/exterior photos by typing in word “rex”,
See 1936 interior/exterior photos by typing word “folly”,
See 1936, 1941, & 1963 interior/exterior photos by typing word “palace”,
See 1942 interior/exterior images by typing in word “trail”,
View 1937 excellent interior/exterior photos by typing in word “tower”,
Within the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives are 1963 photos. See them by typing in word “redland”,
With that Beaux-Arts terra-cotta facade one wondered what the interior was like. Surprisingly auditorium detail did not contain the typical theatre look, but was fashioned to resemble a stately hotel ballroom. See for yourself by typing in word “theatre”,
At some point in time Paramount must have given their theatre an Art-Deco facelift. Above 1936 photos exhibit the original Spanish Colonial look. Type in word “paramount”,
Some clues are visible in your photos. The Marquee has an “R” in the center, so don’t think this theatre would have been named Meta. Those two letters hanging on marquee left spell “EL” which indicate this was a Spanish language house (I wonder if Lamont has a large Latino community?). Ground floor walls are covered in pink/maroon tile. Griffith Bros. were well known for using cheap bathroom tile for “redecoration” purposes, so this could have been one of their movie houses.
Perhaps you should go ahead and post this cinema under the name “Lamont Cinema” until the actual name can be uncovered.
That mighty Wurtlitzer is visible in one of those 1939 auditorium views.
Oilman and Governor mentioned above by Rance was Ponca City resident William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray. Alfalfa Bill was a fabulously wealthy, rugged, take control type man who caused a nationwide scandal when he married his own adopted daughter. Fortunately for him, Mrs. Murray earned vindication for the newly weds when her beauty, wit, and charm won over the hearts of most everyone.
During the 1940s Mrs. Murray’s name again hit nationwide headlines when her sudden disappearance caused speculation of kidnapping. Several months later the former First Lady of Oklahoma was found living in quiet seclusion in a guest house on the grounds of a convent that had once been one of her mansion, an estate donated to the church by her husband.