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I’ve been told that Cooper Cinerama Chain was vaguely connected to Paramount/Publix.
Oklahoma City also had a Cooper Cinerama with a ribbon-strip screen. This operation was a remodel of the old (Publix) Liberty Theatre, which was an easy conversion process since the original projection booth was located on loge level, a necessity for 3 strip/70mm equipment.
Seen on Robinson Ave. looking North (Ramsey Tower was designed by W.W. Alschlager who created the NYC Roxy Theatre)
1926 exterior shot of old Liberty
Throughout its long run the Aztec Theatre occasionally staged novelty burlesque shows. Listen to examples of the style music that would have been played for the beautiful girls! Girls! GIRLS!
I’ve been told that throughout the 30’s & 40’s when not showing second run movies the Ritz was an on and off burlesque house. Listen to the type music the small house band would have played for strip-tease performers -
THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY of AMERICA has vintage exterior & interior images of Okmulgee theatres, including the Cozy.
Fort Supply Opera House looks as if it provided only a Sparton auditorium and stage, but the enjoyment it must have brought to those isolated soldiers must have brought more joy than those fancy, big city theatres. Here is an engraved image of Fort Supply Opera House,
I always thought the auditorium pine paneling gave the Main Theatre an informal, relaxed feeling, and those loge seats were very comfortable.
The lobby was not all that narrow, maybe ten feet wide by twenty feet deep. There was a narrow hallway with restroom doors between the lobby and auditoirum.
It looked as if in an earlier time before the Main became a porno house it might have been a screening room for quality product.
During the early 1990’s the Tower Theater opened only on Saturday nights for midnight showings that attracted junior high kids for such films as “Crazy Momma”, “What’s the Matter with Helen”, “Who Slew Auntie Roo”, Ed Wood, Jr. crap, and other obscure movies.
At that time auditorium walls had been completely draped over with gold fabric, from one of many interior remodelings.
I used to go watch porno films at this odd little theatre when I was stationed at nearby Tinker Air Force Base.
On the THS web-site check out the image for Mystery Theatre #18. This could well be a balcony photo of the Midwest Theatre.