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kpdennis commented about Crest Theater on Apr 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Chuck, you must be correct. I started working for United Artists in 1989, right after they purchased the Commonwealth chain. They went on a closing spree, and I’m sure this single-screen house was easy to walk away from. Too bad it couldn’t hang on!

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kpdennis commented about Riverside Drive-In on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Norman OK is also a college town – home of the University of Oklahoma. So when 10,000-15,000 students leave town for three weeks in December, it could put a crimp into business. Plus, it’s cold in the winter at night in Oklahoma!

I believe this is where I caught my favorite rock band’s motion picture debut – The Ramones in “Rock And Roll High School.” The film “premiered” in drive-ins across the south and midwest USA, and I know I saw it the first night it played in Norman in 1979 (where I was a student).

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kpdennis commented about Continental 10 on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:30 am

Interesting comments on the recent additions to the Continental – I haven’t been since they were completed. I was working for United Artists corporate in Denver when the theatre was first remodeled and added auditoriums in 1996.

At that point, the Continental could still draw a big crowd for a big film, but it often went many weeks without a hit, and that enormous room was expensive to heat/cool/maintain etc. UA had a good relationship with the landlord and the decision was made to completely revamp the entire area – new theatre, new restaurants, new retail, etc.

Unlike most remodels, there didn’t seem to be any question that the big room would remain intact – distributors liked putting their film in what was by that time the last remaining deluxe auditorium in town.

Here are a dozen views of the 1996 remodel – the link takes you to the first shot, and hopefully the remaining 11 are in chronological order.
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kpdennis commented about Cooper Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:12 am

A couple of not-so-great shots of the exterior of the late Cooper Twin in Denver, circa 1993. The main auditorium was something to see…
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kpdennis commented about Esquire Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:08 am

The Esquire as it appeared in August 1996 (looks like the trees are now gone):
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kpdennis commented about Drexel North Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:05 am

Okay, retract my earlier comment – I had the Drexel North of Columbus confused with the Drexel of Bexley – so I posted the photo link there as well. Apologies!

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kpdennis commented about Drexel Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:04 am

The Drexel in 1996 – the manager/owner can be seen in the lower right corner in the hat and white shirt:
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kpdennis commented about Drexel North Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:00 am

Wow, this was a nice little theater when I visited in 1996 – sorry to hear it’s defunct.
The theater:
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The concession stand:
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kpdennis commented about Cine Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

A 1996 shot of the Cine – doesn’t appear any different in the decade passing since the posted 1986 view:
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kpdennis commented about Esquire Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

A photo of the Esquire from 1988 – showing the then-controversial “Last Temptation Of Christ”:
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kpdennis commented about Holiday Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Haven’t visited that neighborhood in a long time, but here’s a view of the marquee – all that was left of the theater – in 1997:
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kpdennis commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Here’s a couple of views of The Fox (the West Theatre name painted on the side of the building) from Christmas 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Continental Theater on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The Continental was the premiere roadshow house in OKC…I recall seeing The Hallelujah Trail and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang there as a kid. Here’s a view from 1995:
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kpdennis commented about Fair Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm

The Fair Theatre was struggling along when we passed through in the summer of 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Studio Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm

The Studio, looking for a buyer in 1997:
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kpdennis commented about Varsity Twin Cinema on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Sorry to hear it’s a goner. The Varsity – a photo sent me by the manager circa 1996:
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kpdennis commented about WYO Theater on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The impressive WYO in summer of 1994:
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kpdennis commented about Cinema 6 on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Here’s a photo of the dearly departed UA Cinema 6 in 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Westland Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

The Westland in 1994:
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kpdennis commented about Elks Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

The Elks Theater riding high with Indiana Jones in 1989 – looks like the mini-false front has changed color over the years:
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kpdennis commented about Washington Theater on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Too bad this venue is still deteriorating…here it is in summer 1995:
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kpdennis commented about Star Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Nice rehab work on Hannibal’s Star Theater. It was certainly a derelict venue (couldn’t tell if the c&w music club was even open) when this shot was taken in 1995:
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kpdennis commented about Normal Theater on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Wow, that night shot with Planet Of The Apes is spectacular! Much more functional is this view from 1995:
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kpdennis commented about Lawford Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Wow, I had no idea the old Lawford was going to be such a hot, hot topic when we passed through Havana in the summer of 1995 – it looked pretty forlorn then:
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kpdennis commented about Music Box Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm

It was a cloudy day when this shot was taken in 1995:
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