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Originally opened as the Aztec Theatre, this Carl Boller design was sister house (minus the balcony) to the Bison Theatre in Shawnee. After an awful 1954 streamline remodel the named changed to Esquire.
To see vintage interior/exterior photos type in words “Aztec”, “Exquire”, or “theatre -
1954 saw an awful streamline make-over and name change to Esquire. To see interior/exterior shots type in word “Esquire' -
Here is a shot of the former Cinema after conversion to “RIDE ‘N LAFF”,
In this reverse negative view the former Cinema can be seen upper photo right, note the stage house still remained,
Krebs History link makes brief mention on the Dreamland,
Both addresses would be correct. Named for actress Carol Channing, 201 Channing Square is a driveway at the main entrance, and was official address before the latest renovation.
201 N. Walker is actually a small park bounded by Channing Drive, Couch Drive, Park Street, and Walker Street.
This link has some interesting before and after photos,
Many vintage photos of this fabulous amusement park can be seen on below link -
and here is what the location looks like today as a college campus-
This was a “reverse” style cinema, with seating facing the lobby area.
a couple more interior shots KM mentioned above. Looks like this theatre may have once been twinned, then returned to a sigle screen cinema -
The little Star Theatre must have suffered from stiff competition since Sand Springs residents could ride streetcars to the big first run theatres in downtown Tulsa -
As far as I know this was the only drive-in theatre in the nation with street car service that would drop patrons off at the gate -
1942 exterior shot, notice smartly uniformed ushers practicing crowd control -
Another angle of the same shot, and much clearer -
This shot taken from upper balcony was made shortly before demolition in 1973 (note theatre chairs have already been dismantled) -
View of the State Theatre after streamlining -
Religeous picture showing was another one of gimmick producer Kroger Babb’s cheapies, who usually pitched sexploitation stinkers!
Only the stagehouse remains in this 1970s photo showing demolition of the old Lyric Theatre,
This is not a photo of the Dive Inn, but it closely resembles what the unit looked like, especially the tall cactus sign -
Seymour, the Tower Theater that was sister to the Villa was located in Drumright, not Duncan.
Was this theatre later renamed Cadet?
See fabulous 1936 images of this eclectic theatre by typing in words “glory-b”, then go search -
Personally I like the stage upon a stage layout.
These rare vintage images are the best yet, to see these fantastic views type in word “coleman”, then search -
Cowboy, I hope you were betting marbles because Warren is most likely correct about this cinema being named Wigwam, and operated by Paramount.
Original Deco glass railings are preserved inside the museum, along with the grand staricase. Unfortunately those glorious murals are forever gone. Hopfully someone will come up with interior photographs.
Sharp focus antique photographs of this movie house, when it was still known as Ritz, can be seen by typing word “ritz” on site below.