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kpdennis commented about Galion Theatre on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

Tried the Galion link and it worked now…thanks!

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kpdennis commented about Malco Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

A lot can happen in ten years – check out the 1986 pic above, and then see the Malco in 1996:
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And here’s the Malco and it’s nearly next door neighbor, the Paramount:
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kpdennis commented about Paramount Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Wow, that night shot of the Paramount makes it look alive! Which is not how it looked in 1996:
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And here’s the Paramount and its neighbor, the Malco:
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Does anyone know what’s become of these two venues?

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kpdennis commented about Galion Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Chuck – it might be me, but it seems like the series of links you’ve posted dated 4/26 aren’t working. I’ve tried from a couple of different theater pages today with no luck. Thanks…

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kpdennis commented about Luez Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

The Luez has not altered much over the years…here it is in 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Murphy Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm

The Murphy in summer 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Royal Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Here’s a view of the Royal from March 1996 – too bad there wasn’t a different film playing…
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kpdennis commented about UA Emery Bay Theater on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Here’s the Emery Bay in 1996 – looks like it had a different color scheme compared to the more current pics:
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kpdennis commented about Princess Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Here’s the Princess in June 1996:
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kpdennis commented about America Stadium Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

The America in 1994. I heard that three years later they held a special regional premiere screening of “Starship Troopers” here – parts of that film were shot in nearby Powder River.
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kpdennis commented about Midway Theater on Apr 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Here’s a shot from the summer of 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

The Fox as it looked in 1997:
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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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