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Claremore, Oklahoma, is an interesting place.
This was Will Rogers birth place, hometown, and where he is entombed.
Claremore is the setting for two Broadway plays that were also made into Hollywood films; “OKLAHOMA!”, and “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.
Oklahoma Military Academy is located here.
Antique interior/exterior images of these theatres can be seen by typing word “theatre”,
To see interior/exterior vintage photos of the Chief, Esquire, and/or Palace type in word “theatre”,
To view 1936 interior/exterior images of the La Nora type in word “theatre”,
To view 1930 photos of the Granada exterior and sky job auditorium type in word “theatre”,
To see 1964 image type in word “theatre”,
To see vintage images type in word “theatre”,
SEE 1947 interior/exterior photos by typing in word “theatre”,
View 1964 interior/exterior photos by typing in word “theatre”,
Actually the Campus Theatre design could be classified as International Moderne. It reminds me of a Worlds Fair pavilion!
Wonder if a prof from the School of Architecture created this little masterpiece?
On the above Oklahoma Historical Society web pages, that photo of a narrow, vaulted ceiling auditorium is actually an image of Cameo Theatre seating.
Oklahoma Historical Society web site remarks that the Cameo Theatre (a probable former nickelodeon) originally occupied this site. In 1940 Griffith Bros Theatres bought the Cameo and replaced it with the (cheaply built) Rita Theatre. Because of its blah appearance, when the Rita burned down most Tulsans felt no sense of loss.
Oklahoma Historical Society remarks that Griffith Bros acquired the Cameo Theatre in 1940, and then replaced it with the Rita Theatre.
1934 images reveal a Spanish Mission exterior (bet those entrance doors were composed of green & orange glass) that looked as if it probably dated way back to nickelodeon times. Tht original generic “movie house” auditorium wasn’t much to look at, but it sure was better than the cheap Griffith replacement.
On the OHS web site, the Cameo auditorium is mistakenly shown again as that of the Circle Theater.
Most Tulsa citizens felt no loss after the Rita Theatre burned.
Vintage images illustrate interior motifs for the Will Rogers as decorated in unique Western Impressionist Styling.
These dull B&W photos cannot bring out how auditorium hues were rich earth tones, with splashes of bright colour thrown in here and there for dramatic effect. All together it created an exciting setting in which to view a movie.
Seems that Oklahoma Historical Society is not too interested in documenting fact, as they remark that the Tulsa Theatre replaced the Main Street Cinema. Vintage images from other sources prove that these two theatres operated in compitition across the street from one another.
The eye pleasing interior motif of the Tulsa Theatre could best be described as Southwestern Moderne.
Those 40s photos show what little interior decoration the Tower Theatre had. Exterior styling was simple Spanish Colonial, while the interior was done up in Southwestern Moderne. Love that standee carpet pattern, bet it was colorful!
Period photographs tell the McSwain Theatre story in pictures. During the 1930s the lovely auditorium style matched that of the Spanish Colonial exterior. A 40s Art Moderne atmospheric sky job came next. Then a 50s sweeping contemporary look accompanied a new wide screen. Though not pictured, in the early 70s beige fiberglass fabric was installed to cover auditorium walls. See for yourself by typing in word “mcswain”,
Almsot sister theatres, both the Ada Kiva Theatre and Sayre Ute Theatre were designed in smart Pueblo Art Deco Styling. To see 1930s interior/exterior shots of these two theatre type in either “kiva” or “ute”,
To view 1930s era photos type in “theatre” …
Have you looked at those photos of the Hodenville Liberty Theatre? To do so type in ‘liberty".
Look here to see 1940s photos of the Plaza Theatre complete makeover from Spanish Colonial to Streamline Moderne. Type in word “plaza” to view images,
1935 & 1940 exterior shots of the Spanish Colonial styled Rialto can be seen by typing in word “rialto”,
A 1940 photo can be seen by typing in word “ray”,
Other vintage photos of this drive-in can be seen by typing in word “airview”,
Vintage interior/exterior photos can be viewed by typing in word “cameo”,