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kpdennis commented about Lyric at the Plaza on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm

The Plaza – falling apart in 1994:
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kpdennis commented about Winchester Drive-In on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

A couple of shots of the venerable Winchester Drive-In as it prepared for a rehab in 1994:
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kpdennis commented about May Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

The May as an antique mall in 1994:
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kpdennis commented about Zia Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

According to the info above, the Zia’s movie days ended in 1995 – which is when this shot was taken:
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kpdennis commented about Redskin Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm

The vanished Redskin as it appeared in 1994 – the top of the marquee has disappeared:
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kpdennis commented about Vogue Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm

The Vogue – taken over by accountants! A shot taken in December 1996:
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kpdennis commented about Sherman Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Is the false front still there? Next time I drive into western Kansas, I’ll have to check. Here’s the Sherman in 1989:
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kpdennis commented about Hollywood Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:28 pm

And a shot of the Hollywood, waiting for a new tenant:
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kpdennis commented about State Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

The State was still for sale in 1993 – but it’s now a lawyer’s office!
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kpdennis commented about Redding 4 on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm

It’s actually spelled with only one “R” – should be Reding 4. Here’s a photo from the mid-90s, when a country music live show placed their logo over the “4” in the sign.
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kpdennis commented about Almonte Cinema 6 on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm

For a few years, this was OKC’s highest grossing theater, even though it was located on the economically lesser south side of town. A photo of the Almonte from the mid-1990s:
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kpdennis commented about Booth Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Here’s the Booth in 1997:
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kpdennis commented about Hiland Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

The Hiland stands apparently empty in 1995:
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kpdennis commented about Lobo Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm

The Lobo getting ready for the Oscars in 1995:
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kpdennis commented about El Rey Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm

The El Rey in 1995.
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kpdennis commented about Annex 7 on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm

The UA Annex 7 in 1995.
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kpdennis commented about Washita Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm

The Washita in 1995…
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kpdennis commented about Yale Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm

The Yale as it looked in 1994 – no wrestlers in sight!
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kpdennis commented about Will Rogers Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Some shots taken in 1995.
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kpdennis commented about Barron Theatre on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Glad to see this venue is alive and well – because the marquee told a different story in this photo taken circa 1991.
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kpdennis commented about Luna Theater on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Here’s the Luna as it looked during Christmas 1994.
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kpdennis commented about Heritage Plaza 5 on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

I must also mention – I met my wife Carol while managing this theater. She was the friend of a lady whose niece worked for me at the Heritage 5. They came to see Robocop, but Carol came out to the lobby because she didn’t like the violence. We had gone to high school together, but didn’t know each other during those days. We talked a bit, and started dating shortly afterwards.

That was 1986, and we’ve been together ever since.

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kpdennis commented about MacArthur Park Cinemas on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

My recollection is that the MacArthur Park 4 was the first multi-plex in OKC. I saw my first R-rated film there: “200 Motels” starring Frank Zappa. I distinctly recall hearing the movie playing in the next auditorium through the walls.

The building was converted at some point in the early 1990s into a night club.

One correction to the description above: the Westwood Theater is not demolished, but is currently, and has been for many years, a church.

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kpdennis commented about Cinema 70 Drive-In on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

The Cinema 70 was the theater of choice for my family in the mid to late 1960s. My parents and their three young boys would load up the cooler with cheap Cragmont soda and home-cooked burgers, lay down the station wagon’s back seat so we would have room to eventually fall asleep, and head off to what seemed to be the very edge of OKC.

Lots of memories come to mind. On one of our first trips there, we saw “Cat Ballou”; another time the second feature was “Valley Of The Dolls”. I recall my mom saying to dad “Should the boys really see this film?” No worries, even though I struggled mightily to see this notorious film (I knew about it from an article in Life magazine), I fell asleep.

My dad worked for Aero Commander, a private airplane manufacturer, and they sometimes rented out the Cinema 70 for company events, like Auto Bingo. Come around 6pm, everyone in the car gets a bingo card. The numbers are called out on the speakers, and if you get a winner, honk your horn. A man with a walkie-talkie scurries over, verifies the numbers, and you march to the concession stand to claim your prize. Unfortunately, I don’t ever recall our car winning a round.

One July 4, we went to see the space adventure “Marooned.” Just as the film was reaching its dramatic climax, the screen went dark – it was time for the fireworks show! I recall being very perturbed that they couldn’t wait another fifteen minutes and let the film play out.

Often we would leave as the third feature was beginning. I can still recall keeping my eyes glued to the giant screen as we departed; as we turned onto Northwest Expressway, you could see it for at least a half-mile. The echoing soundtrack echoing from hundreds of speakers as we left the parking stalls still resonates.

My last trip to the Cinema 70 was in high school in the early 1970s. During a pouring rainstorm, my brother and I saw “The Exorcist” about a year after it first appeared. After many beers and having to watch between the swipes of the windshield wipers, it turned out to be the best comedy I had seen in some time.

Great site, thanks…

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kpdennis commented about Wes-Ten Theater on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:02 am

As an elementary school student in the mid-1960s, my enduring memory is that the Wes-Ten theater would sometimes give out free admission tickets at our suburban OKC school.

I distinctly remember seeing Yellow Submarine and Help! at separate times, but the atmosphere was the same: a packed auditorium full of rambunctious kids dropped off by their parents. Of course, little attention was paid to the film, and most attendees were engaged in food fights, scurrying up and down the aisle and crowding the tiny lobby and its concession stand. These were among my earliest movie-going experiences.