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This former cinema is now a community theater.
On a recent trip to Poteau I stopped at the library and looked for information on this theater. I couldn’t find any information. Long-time locals told me that there was only one drive-in theater in town – the Tower.
The name leads me to believe that if this existed, it was probably at or near one of the highway splits that resemble a “Y.” Either the 59/112 split on the north side of town or the 59/271 split on the south side of town. Of course this is just speculation as I was unable to find any evidence.
This theater is not demolished. In fact, the screen and concession stand/projection booth are still standing. It is, however, located behind someone’s (perhaps the former owner’s) house.
This was not a drive-in THEATER, but rather a drive-in RESTAURANT.
This theater closed sometime around the beginning of 2008. It was open before Christmas, but around the 15th of January I noticed the marquee no longer displayed titles. I imagine it just didn’t reopen for 2008.
This theater opened in 1981 and closed in 2001. After General Cinemas went under, the theater became a Hollywood property and then Warren Theaters. The theater converted to a dollar cinema after the larger Quail Springs Mall theater opened. The last major show was Titanic.
The status above says unknown, so i’ll just go ahead and confirm that the building is completely demolished.
A nice photo of this theater is here:
Oops. I meant to list this in Andrews, SC.
This theater was also known as the Palmetto at one time.
Link to an air photo of the Agnew.
This theater was opened in 1926 and cost around $200,000 to build.
This theater opened in the teens as the Hinton Theater. It featured touring stage shows, magicians and musicians. It was later bought by Fred Turner and the name was changed to the Orpheum. In 1925, it was sold to George Proctor and Hugh Marsh and the name was again changed to the Ritz. It operated as a vaudeville house until 1928 when it was equipped to show talkies. The legendary Tom Mix visited the theater in 1929.
Some additional information:
The theater, opened on Jan 10, 1936, was located at 1 S. Broadway (Main & Broadway) on the former location of the Joyland Theatre Airdome. It advertised carpeted aisles, draperies, restrooms and two projection booths with synchronized sound.
The theater was built by W.Z. Willie Spearman who operated it until it was taken over by his son. The younger Spearman operated the theater until he sold it to R.R. McCoy. The theater operated on and off until the 1970s.
The hospital was opened on the second floor on February 2, 1947.
The Broncho Theatre and Gem Theatre were two separate theaters. The Gem was located at two different places on Broadway over its lifespan.
As for the Broncho mis-spelling, I was told that the wife of one of the early presidents the Territorial Normal School/Central State/UCO came up with the mascot and spelled the name of the animal incorrectly. Apparantly it stuck.
The theater at 107 N. Hudson has a marquee that reads “Plaza.” If memory serves, the structure at Commerce and Grady looked more like a civic center than a cinema.
From what I have recently researched, there were actually two drive-ins in Altus. Both were on Highway 62; one on the east side of town and one on the west side of town.
It may be lousy, but here it is:
More photos: View link
Here are some full size photos I snapped:
GWaterman, I think you’re thinking of a different theater that’s in between Nac and Lufkin. The Lumberjack is long since demolished and has some sort of law enforcement building on the site.
Girls, girls, you’re both pretty. So does anyone have any actual info on this theater?