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In a picture taken between 1910 – 1918 there is a view of Oilton and what looks like a nickelodeon (photo left), don’t know if it was the Gem, New, or Ritz. To see image of this theatre type in
“oilton east broadway"
To look at a 1922 picture of Proctor and Marsh standing in front of their Broadway Theatre go to this link and type in “joy boys"
I’m sure you’re correct on these issues, Joe. Cosmo was right when he wrote that the Main Street Cinema was actually across the street from the Tulsa Theatre.
Urban legend tells that the destruction of the Tulsa Theatre was the inspiration for this song. Just as Joni Mitchell’s “They Tore Down Paradise” was inspired by the demolition of the Chicago Paradise Theatre.
In order to look at a 1912 tinted picture postcard of the lovely Mosonic Lodge (burned 1910) that
sat a few doors to the left of the Capitol Theatre go to Oklahoma Historical Society link and type
“dunkirk new york"
Following information comes courtesy of Joe Vogel;
The Oklahoma City column of Boxoffice, September 17, 1938, says this: “…a Negro house, the Jewel, 400 seater at Ardmore, being opened by P. H. James who also operates the new Jewel, Negro house, here….” That’s the earliest mention of James or the Jewel I’ve found in Boxoffice.
A brief notice of the death of P. H. James appeared in the Oklahoma City column of Boxoffice, November 15, 1965: “P. H. James, former operator of the Jewell Theatres here and in Ardmore, died in a nursing home. He also had owned and operated the Jay-Kola Bottling Co. Survivors include the wife, two daughters, two sons, a brother and one sister.”
As early as 1957 Oklahoma City had a black radio station, KBYE (AM-890). To look at a downtown rooftop billboard advertisement for station KBYE go to link below and type in “katz 1957”
As early as 1957 Oklahoma City had a black radio station, KBYE (AM-890). To see a downtown
billboard advertisement for station KBYE go above to Jeff Chapman’s 04-23-07 link and type in
‘SKATING VANITIES of 1947’ may have played the Warner Theatre since live stage productions were presented up till Cinerama euipment was installed in 1952. To have a look at a wall sign advertising this show go to oklahomo coboyz 08-07-07 post and type “421 w main, oklahoma city”
Gentlemen, I hate to tell you this, but on Cosmo’s 03-27-11 post I entered Capitol Theatre’s exact address of “310 w main, oklahoma city” and came up with historic photos of when this was the Dreamland Theatre, and after its convertion to a Virginia Dare Shop.
Wonderful historic shots on that link, cosmo. The Rialto must have had the very first V shape marquee angled to catch the eye of motorist.
Look at vintage street views when this was still known as the Lyric. The State Theatre is also visible. Type in “wilson street looking south”
Go up to 03-26-11 post to see a vintage image of both the Aztec and State theatres, type in
Take a look at 166 S. Wilson to see what the Aztec Theatre is like today, now Coats Appliances. Can’t tell if across the street the State Theatre has a new facade, or if that is a new building.
When the half dozen downtown adult theatres were razed one by one due to Urban Renewal, the off the beaten track Showplace X Cinema was spared, and became headquarters to husky male prostitutes who worked back rows. Trix were not actually performed inside the dark auditorium, but a price would be agreed on for commercial sex before the hustler would leave with his John.
Hustlers were safer here than on street corners, plus cheap walk-up hotels, (the towns oldest gay club) The burgundy Bar, and the bus station were only one block down.
Oklahoma City used to have a large share of transient male hookers because two major interstate hiways cross each other right downtown; North/South I-35 from Minneapolis to Houston, and East/West I-40 from the East Coast to Los Angeles.
These working boys only hung for a few days before moving on, and until the early-90’s law enforcement generally overlooked male prostitutes. Eventually strict crackdowns began on all prostitution due to increased violence (even some murders) against the Johns. Around that same time The Burgundy lost its liquor license, sleazy downtown hotels were condemned, the Showplace was forced to close, and the bus station increased security patrol.
These days the boys no longer bother to stop in OKC.
In order to see a clear exterior picture go to link below and type “shawnee State homefolks theatre”, but be sure to click on match all words
This is the exact lot where the State Homefolks once stood,
In order to see really sharp interior and exterior pictures go to site below and type “vinita aztec theatre”, but be sure to click on match all words
… and, Champion’s hoof prints are enshrined in cement inside the forecourt of Hollywood’s Mann’s Chinese Theatre.
Long ago, a reliable source told me that throughout the 70’s & 80’s actor James MacArthur (son of Helen Hayes) owned the Las Palmas Theatre property. Ahead of its time, there were once plans to rename this property the James MacArthur Theatre. Of course, that never came about.
Mr. Greenbird’s post didn’t list the related website as “official”.
Many of us enjoy learning about former cinemas, even those found in ghost towns.
Auditorium chairs can be seen in far left photos (ten and eleven down).
On this link can be seen a mid 1960s image of the Tower Theater …
Shown on this informative link are recent snapshots of the former LakeAire Drive-In Theatre …
This informative site has recent snapshots of the long closed Tee Pee Drive-In Theatre …
Recent photos of the closed down Airline Drive-In can be seen on this fun site …
Screen three tended to push the limits by showing gay porn, along with 1950s gay beefcake films represented in this spicy montage.
Law enforcement didn’t bother to bust gay screenings, for to do so would be the same as admitting that queens actually dwelt within “butch” OKC.
This bouncy montage shows the type of burlesque routines that were performed live upon the Grand lighted runway-
This montage of bouncy burlesque queens illustrates the type of struo routine performed live upon the Joy runway-