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A current picture of this theater is here.
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The Center Theater operated at this same location from 1946 to 1955.
Two other theaters operated at this location. The first was the Anderson from 1915 to 1924. The second was the Garden Theater from 1924 to 1931.
Moore isn’t as small as it seems strictly by looking at the population numbers. It was long ago absorbed into the Oklahoma City metro area. I would think that the theater will do pretty well since it will be within 20 minutes of Oklahoma City and the college town of Norman (where the best theater is now pretty out-of-date and worn out). I heard yesterday that another Harkins monsterplex is going to be built on the far northwest side of Oklahoma City.
As for the capacity, i’m only reporting what was on the sign. I guess Warren needs to do a bit more homework. Thanks for the link.
This building was involved in a downtown fire on May 22, 2004. Pictures can be seen at: View link .
Different users of this site clearly have different ideas of the purpose of this site. I, for one, interpret the goal of this site as a repository of cinematic history. Whether you are a fan of the monsterplex or not, it is now a part of the evolution of the theater experience. Had we been working on this site 30 years ago, we would probably be having this same conversation about some other evolution of the cinema like Cinerama.
While many of us may balk at the monster-plexes such as the Tinseltown 20, a whole new generation is building experiences and memories at these theaters that will someday be reminisced upon, and that makes them a valuable part of this site.
The Tower Theater was operated at one point by Griffith Consolidated and showed art/foreign language films.
An interesting magazine article on the Continental is here:
Open from 1930 to 1961.
The theater was also damaged in an overnight fire in September of 1958. Showing was “Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).”
In the 1930s, the Tivoli was the theater in town that showed first-run films.
This theater is not listed in the 1975 Shawnee phone book.
This theater opened in 1937 and closed in 1987. The architect was J. McKay. I drove by this theater recently and it looks like a truck hit the bottom of the marquee and gave it a good dent.
Some photos of the marquee are at View link
Some more photos are at View link
This drive-in is now for sale! It would take quite a bit of work to get it back in shape.
A few photos are at: View link .
I found out the other day that the group restoring the theater is returning it to its original form (or at least as close as possible). Apparantly, the theater was last used as a dinner theater and was in poor shape inside.