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The Tall Chief has been under restoration but was hit by a setback today. See this news story for an interior view of the theater as it sits now along with information about the damage.
The Warren reopens today. I heard that around $500,000 of exterior damage was sustained, but there was very little interior damage. Apparently the theatre is built with some sort of interior “membrane” to protect from water damage and it did its job well. I now know a good place to go in severe weather.
Yes, the hospital is just to the north of the theatre. Only a parking lot separates the IMAX from the south end of the medical center. Here’s another good aerial I ran across today that shows the whole path:
markp, as of yesterday, one of the interstate exits that is near to the Warren was still closed and the city/state is encouraging people to just stay away. I imagine that even if the theatre is ready, it will be difficult for patrons to get to it for a while. If nothing else, I think reopening quickly will be a symbol of triumph for the community which really loves this theatre.
Before/after pictures of the damage caused by the May 20th tornado that impacted the theatre.
Very sad situation. Here are some fascinating before/after images that show the theatre.
My apologies – upon looking at the various years again, it appears that 201 was an older address and there seems to be some flip-flopping of the official/posted address. Here is what I found –
June 1912 – 201 W. Main – Motion Pictures/School 2nd/Elks Club 3rd
July 1916 – 113 W. Main – Picture Theater/Lodging 2nd/Elks Club 3rd
Jan 1920 – 201 W. Main – Picture Theater/Lodging 2nd/Elks Club 3rd
July 1927 – 109 W. Main – Movies/Rooming 2nd & 3rd
July 1927 (update) – 109 W. Main – Vacant (but has a dotted line outline of a v-shaped marquee protruding from the building)
Joe – Nice resource with the phone books. The 1945 phone book shows the State Theatre at 121 W. Main.
Fire insurance maps show a three story building housing a theater at 201 W Main (NW corner of Main & Grandview). The building is listed as a theater (with other uses of the third floor) as early as 1912. I believe this building most likely housed the State Theater. The building is now demolished.
Did the photo come from the link you posted? If so, then this is posted on the homepage of that site: “THE PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE FROM MY OWN COLLECTION AND FROM PHOTOS SENT TO ME BY OTHER PEOPLE. PLEASE DO NOT USE ON OTHER SITES WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. ALL PHOTOS ARE WATERMARKED FOR TRACEABILITY.” Cinema Treasures must protect itself against copyright infringement, etc.
I found an advertisement for another Sulphur theatre called the “Pinto” that also shows an advert for the “Carousel,” which was a children’s clothing store. Flyer was dated 1974.
Fire insurance maps circa 1930 show a theatre at 109 S. Main St. (historical address)(3 doors S of SW corner of Main & E St.) The maps don’t show a name. The entire block between E & F streets has been demolished.
This theatre is shown on 1920 and 1926 fire insurance maps. Address is 116 W. Main Street.
This theater has recently been demolished. :(
This theater was twinned by closing off and soundproofing the balcony. The original wall lighting can be seen in the upstairs auditorium as well as the original balcony railing. The original projection booth is used for this auditorium.
The main auditorium is still quite large with a gently sloped deck , widely spaced rows, large screen and high ceiling. The theater also has a nice DTS sound system. Entry in the downstairs auditorium was relocated to either side of the auditorium to accomodate the addition of a second projection booth at the center rear of the theater.
Those pictures look like they were taken in the abandoned church to me. Unfortunately, fire insurance maps only go to 1919, and there are no theatres shown up to that time.
Unfortunately, the roof was ripped off of the Kickingbird Cinema during storms that swept through in the early hours of 8/8/11 which left roof damage and water damage. The theatre had just recently upgraded all of their projectors to digital. Repairs are expected to take at least one month.
The Cyclone appears on 1930 fire insurance maps, but is not present as a theatre on the 1924 map.
The Franroy isn’t visible on any fire insurance maps up until 1930 (last available year). It appears as though this theatre building replaced a hotel that once occupied the site.
From looking at fire insurance maps, it seems that this theatre opened sometime after 1914 and closed before 1930. It is only present on the 1924 map.
A theatre was at the location described above after 1928 according to fire insurance maps. Address is 307 W. Chickasha.
This theatre location appeared on fire insurance maps as early as 1925.
Another theater was located on the west side of 2nd Street between Oak and Division on 1914 and 1925 maps. Unfortunately, I don’t have a name to match with this theatre as of yet.
Found a theatre listed on a 1928 fire insurance map at 1014 W. 2nd.
Address was 106 S. Main as found on 1925 and 1931 fire insurance maps.
This theatre was not present on 1925 fire insurance maps, so it must have become a theatre at some point after that.
From fire insurance maps, I believe the address is 144 S. Wilson. Coats is at 142 S. Wilson, so this address would seem to match up. The theatre shows up on maps as early as 1925.