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missmelbatoast commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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"
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missmelbatoast commented about Jewel Theater on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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.”

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missmelbatoast commented about Jewel Theater on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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”
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missmelbatoast commented about Aldridge Theater on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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
“katz 1957”

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missmelbatoast commented about Warner Theatre on Mar 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

‘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”

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missmelbatoast commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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.

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missmelbatoast commented about Rialto Theatre on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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.

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missmelbatoast commented about Center 3 Theaters on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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”

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missmelbatoast commented about Aztec Theatre on Mar 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Go up to 03-26-11 post to see a vintage image of both the Aztec and State theatres, type in
“wilsond street”

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.
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missmelbatoast commented about Showplace Adult Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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.

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missmelbatoast commented about State Homefolks Nickelodeon on Mar 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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
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This is the exact lot where the State Homefolks once stood,
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missmelbatoast commented about Aztec Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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
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missmelbatoast commented about Tivoli Theatre on Mar 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

… and, Champion’s hoof prints are enshrined in cement inside the forecourt of Hollywood’s Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

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missmelbatoast commented about Las Palmas Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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.

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missmelbatoast commented about Meridian Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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).

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missmelbatoast commented about Tower Theater on Jan 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

On this link can be seen a mid 1960s image of the Tower Theater …
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missmelbatoast commented about Lake Air Drive-In on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Shown on this informative link are recent snapshots of the former LakeAire Drive-In Theatre …
http://www.abandonedok.com/lakeaire-drive-in/

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missmelbatoast commented about Teepee Drive-In on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This informative site has recent snapshots of the long closed Tee Pee Drive-In Theatre …
http://www.abandonedok.com/tee-pee-drive-in/

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missmelbatoast commented about Airline Drive-In on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Recent photos of the closed down Airline Drive-In can be seen on this fun site …
http://www.abandonedok.com/airline-drive-in/

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missmelbatoast commented about Three Ball Cinema on Jul 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNKGN5GMw4s

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missmelbatoast commented about Grand Theatre on Jul 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

This bouncy montage shows the type of burlesque routines that were performed live upon the Grand lighted runway-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

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missmelbatoast commented about Joy Theatre on Jul 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

This montage of bouncy burlesque queens illustrates the type of struo routine performed live upon the Joy runway-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

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missmelbatoast commented about Yale Theatre on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Presented here is an updated version of vintage burlesque strip routines …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

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missmelbatoast commented about Gaiety Theatre on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

This montage is an updated version of burlesque vintage strip routines …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

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missmelbatoast commented about Reno Theatre on Dec 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

You;ll get a big kick out of this montage of vintage clips showing strip queen routines …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg