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raybradley commented about Inca Theatre on Jan 25, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Symco:
To contact CT, just send an e-mail on Add Theatre News.
This site contains history on Griffith Bros. Amusement Co. Apparently this box also holds photos of Griffith theatres. Click on link archive, then type “amusement”.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

Other theatre images can be pulled up by entering these words,
Aldridge
Criterion
Movie Tone
Fort Supply Opera House

Probably an image of Okmulgee’s Rex Theatre can be found at Oklahoma Historical Society. Contact Curator Bob Blackburn.

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raybradley commented about Fonda Theatre on Jan 7, 2007 at 1:32 pm

These posted links are a welcome site, because I always thought it looked as if this house originally had a forecourt like the Egyptian and Chinese. Vintage photographs prove that it did not.

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raybradley commented about Inca Theatre on Jan 7, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Sad to admit, in no way am I connected to any theatre folk. Nor do I know these gentlemen who post informative comments.
While living in San Francisco I met by happenstance dozens of celebraties.
Only one star I met had an air of aristrocracy. While eating at Jones Street Cafe, between Geary and O'Farrell, at the bottome of Nob Hill, in walked Ann Sothern and her daughter, Tisha Sterling. In person, Miss Sothern possessed dazzleling beauty. She wore cream linen slacks, a mint green angora sweater, a butter yellow silk scarf wrapped around her graceful neck, and sparkling emerald earrings. Everything Miss Sothern wore complimented her lovely hair, which she had let return to its natural copper penny colour. Though Miss Sothern did nothing to draw attention to herself, her presence was magnetic.
After it was discovered that this little side street cafe was quite popular with Hollywood personalities, I became a regular diner. There I also saw Lauren Becall, Yul Brenner, Jackie Gleason, Joel Grey, Betty Hutton, and Cesar Romero.

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raybradley commented about Inca Theatre on Jan 5, 2007 at 8:22 am

I’m with you Symco, how did all this interesting information wind up on the Inca Page? Your comments usually jog my memory as to something I once overheard.
Not so long ago a former Spectro employee explained that most theatre chains devided daily number of tickets sold into the daily concession sales to obtain an per patron average. If this average were too high it could indicated that tickets were being resold.
One reason for Miss Wesson’s strict drinks per gallon calculation method was to prevent managers from picking up used drink cups off the floor to “recycle” them. She also required that only cheap paper popcorn bags be used for matinee hours. The more expensive cardboard boxes were used during evening showings.
I’ve alos been told that Video concession prices ranged from a penny up to a dollar. They believed if children had money they would spend it, and no child should ever leave a Video theatre with money left in his/her pocket.

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raybradley commented about Regent Theatre on Jan 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Architect Harry Randall was responsible for the lovey Colonial Theatre styling.

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raybradley commented about Parlor Nickelodeon on Jan 3, 2007 at 12:44 pm

From the early 1950’s through the late 1970’s this building was used for an upscale shop known as Poplinger’s Ladies Wear.

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raybradley commented about Frontier Theater on Jan 3, 2007 at 12:31 pm

For the Log Cabin (AKA-Frontier) Theater newspaper movie ads ran up to 1957.

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raybradley commented about Penn Theater on Jan 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

If memory serves correctly, I recall that the Trend experienced a slow death. This tidy little theatre ceased regular seven day week presentations in the mid 1980’s, then opened only for weekend showings. After that it became a sporadic open and closed operation until shutting down completely in the early 1990’s.

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raybradley commented about Inca Theatre on Jan 1, 2007 at 10:22 am

Let’s see, Video Theatre’s yearly payroll would average out to $13,846.15 per theatre, and $1,396.43 per employee. Not so impressive, even for those days.
Funny thing, Video Theatres owned an interest in CBS, then was bought out by Capital Cities Com. who later controlled ABC.

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raybradley commented about Wagon Wheel Cinema on Dec 21, 2006 at 7:51 am

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.

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raybradley commented about M & M Mini Cinemas on Dec 21, 2006 at 1:52 am

I’m sorry, correct address was 2639 NW Britton Rd.

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raybradley commented about M & M Mini Cinemas on Dec 21, 2006 at 1:43 am

Actual physical address for the M&M Cinema would have been 2629 W. Britton Rd.

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raybradley commented about Boulevard Theatre on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:12 am

On the below web sites I suspect that the Boulevard and 1944 Fox Boulevard are one and the same,
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raybradley commented about Corral Theatre on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:08 am

Perhaps the address got transposed as the street number left of the Corral looks as if it reads 406.

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raybradley commented about Kansas Theatre on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:03 am

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,
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raybradley commented about Wichita Theatre on Dec 19, 2006 at 8:57 am

These web pages contains vintage images of the Wichita Theatre,
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raybradley commented about Meadow Lark Drive-In on Dec 19, 2006 at 8:47 am

This fun web site has vintage images of the Meadowlark,
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raybradley commented about Victory Theatre on Dec 16, 2006 at 1:55 pm

This is a fun web-site devoted to Kansas classic theatre history, with lots of vintage images. It mentions the Victory;
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raybradley commented about Midwest Theatre on Dec 16, 2006 at 7:26 am

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.

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raybradley commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 16, 2006 at 7:09 am

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.

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raybradley commented about Lyric at the Plaza on Dec 15, 2006 at 5:50 pm

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.

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raybradley commented about Plaza Grill & Cinema on Dec 15, 2006 at 5:41 pm

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.

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raybradley commented about Granada Theatre on Dec 15, 2006 at 5:28 pm

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.

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raybradley commented about Crown Uptown Theatre on Dec 10, 2006 at 10:12 am

Another 1928 Boller Bros. atmospheric simular to the Uptown was the (1928-1952) Ritz Theatre in Oklahoma City, which was razed long ago.

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raybradley commented about Crawford Theatre on Dec 10, 2006 at 9:39 am

In that 1952 photo of the Crawford Theatre, does anyone know if that corner oil well was functional?