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During the summer season the old Frontier City Opera House always staged professional vaudeville, variety, or old time melodrama shows.
Besides the standard dozen or so amusement park rides like the Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, merry-go-rounds, etc., Frontier City also had some wonderfully lavish thrill rides such as Lost River, 89er Ghost Mine, Autopia, and the flying saucer.
Souvenir shops closed during winter months, but other memorable year round stores were the Jam Cellar, Taffy Shop, Norrick Antiques, and Jim’s Gems & Rare Books.
I’m sorry, correct address was 2639 NW Britton Rd.
Actual physical address for the M&M Cinema would have been 2629 W. Britton Rd.
On the below web sites I suspect that the Boulevard and 1944 Fox Boulevard are one and the same,
Perhaps the address got transposed as the street number left of the Corral looks as if it reads 406.
Most likely the old Star Nickelodeon was renamed Kansas Theatre in 1921, as the Star photo looks as if it dates much further back than the 1920’s. Here are vintage images of the Kansas Theatre,
These web pages contains vintage images of the Wichita Theatre,
This fun web site has vintage images of the Meadowlark,
This is a fun web-site devoted to Kansas classic theatre history, with lots of vintage images. It mentions the Victory;
Of all the atmospherics Eberson designed, the auditoriums of the OKC Midwest Theatre and the Palace Theatre in Marion, OH, most closely match each other.
Amoung John Eberson’s many sky jobs, he designed this theatre and the Oklahoma City Midwest Theatre (1930-1975). Although OKC’s Midwest Theatre auditorium was longer and higher, it was also much more narrow than the Palace. Otherwise these two theatre auditorium sidewalls matched one another in design.
Boller Bros. designed the Ottawa, KS, PLAZA Theatre, the Lawrence, KS, GRANADA Theatre, and the Oklahoma City, OK, PLAZA Theatre. Original facades on all three of these 1930’s movie houses were almost identical.
Most likely these theatre interiors did not match one another.
Boller Bros designed the Ottawa, KS, PLAZA Theatre, the Lawrence, KS, GRANADA Theatre, and the Oklahoma City, OK, PLAZA Theatre. Original facades on all three of these movie houses were very similar, almost identical.
Original facades of the Lawrence, KS, GRANADA Theatre and Oklahoma City’s PLAZA Theatre are somewhat identical. Boller Bros designed both of these movie houses.
Seating capacity for each cinema was around 900, though I doubt the interiors matched as the Plaza did not have a balcony.
Another 1928 Boller Bros. atmospheric simular to the Uptown was the (1928-1952) Ritz Theatre in Oklahoma City, which was razed long ago.
In that 1952 photo of the Crawford Theatre, does anyone know if that corner oil well was functional?
Oklahoma had two (possibly three) reverse theatres.
Two vintage types were located in Okmulgee, OK.
The Cozy Theatre on Main St. was most definitely a reverse plan. It was built within a former retail store and to conform to fire safety codes the projectors were required to be placed in a metal booth over a rear alley.
There is debate on whether or not the Inca Theatre had a reverse auditorium. Old timers report that it did. Some “newcomers” claim it didn’t. Personally I suspect that it was probably of the reverse style as it too was built inside former retail space and surely this booth would also have been placed over the alley to meet fire codes.
Oklahoma City had a 1970’s porn house called the AcademiX Adult Cinema that had a reverse auditorium. Patrons entered from either side of the screen. Both isles ran along side walls, with centered seating. The projection booth was in the rear of the building.
Due to its corner location on Main & Broadway, the Sigmond address could be listed as One Main, or One Broadway. Both would be correct.
According to an Inca Theatre posting from Symco, and above comment from Ken Roe, this house was known during its life time as the Drew, Love, and Rex.
Good photos for this theatre and the Dreamland could probably be found in old yearbooks at the school library or public library.
Those old instant snapshots crumbled to dust long ago.
I was in my mid teens back then, and my actual intention was to ride my new motorcycle from Tulsa down to McIntosh County to take Poloroid Land pictures of Mr. Ed, the tan palomino of TV fame, who had been retired to a nearby ranch.
When I got there the ranch forman gruffly informed me that due to pesky curiousity seekers Mr. Ed had been moved to a secret location where he could graze undisturbed. So, I headed over to Eufaula’s Main Street to see what was happening. There I took minute pictures of the old Chief Theatre, and some cowboys hanging out on a street corner.
Mr. Ed died in sleep a few years later, it was then disclosed that he had spent his final years in peaceful bliss on a horse ranch in Cleveland County, OK.
From the satellite view provided by Google maps the Dollhouse Cinema can clearly be seen on the Eastside of the town square, on S. Hudson just North of W. Broadway. Apparently the marquee is still in place, and the stagehouse is clearly visible.
In 1972 I was in Eufaula to photograph the closed down Chief Theatre. On the street out front of the old theatre I met a teenage cowboy by the name of Marshall Pruett who told me how the Chief Theatre had been very noisy during Saturday matinees. Seems that ranchers and their families would come to town to shop on Saturday morning, then attend an afternoon picture. Men would sit on back rows to argue politics. Wives sat in side sections to exchange recipes and news. Kids were down front screaming and yelling.
At that time, Marshall thought the old theatre had closed sometime in the mid 1960’s.
Designed by Milwakee based architect William Wells, the 2000 seat Lyric Theatre was originally a vaudeville house built by Miller Brewing Company. There was a rooftop beer garden that also presented live shows. Later movies were added to the program and quickly became more popular than vaude acts.
By 1926 the poperty on which the Lyric sat became more valuable than theatre use could support. The theatre closed in late 1926 and was torn down a few weeks later. The Perrine building was built on this site.
First opened in 1972, this second floor twin cinema was located above retail stores in a large shopping center. Each auditorium held around 300 seats.
Open for twenty years before it first closed. After that it operated for a short while as an adult cinema, then sat vacant a few years. It must have taken a lot of holy water to clean this cinema before it would suitable for religious use.
While the front portion of this building (where the adult news stand stood) still stands, the rear area where the cinemas & arcade were located was razed many years ago.
This porn emporium was shut down by the law shortly after glory holes were cut between arcade booths.