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Lauren Durbin commented about Moore Warren Theatre on May 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Moore Warren Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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: http://apps.npr.org/moore-oklahoma-tornado-damage/

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Lauren Durbin commented about Moore Warren Theatre on May 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Moore Warren Theatre on May 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Before/after pictures of the damage caused by the May 20th tornado that impacted the theatre.

http://www.aerialok.com/MooreTornado/

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Lauren Durbin commented about Moore Warren takes hit from tornado on May 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Very sad situation. Here are some fascinating before/after images that show the theatre.

http://www.aerialok.com/MooreTornado/

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Lauren Durbin commented about State Theatre on Jun 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ok/osage/misc/pwhsk445.txt

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Lauren Durbin commented about State Theatre on Jun 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Electric Theatre on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Ritz Theater on Dec 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Blue Moon Theatre on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

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. http://binged.it/sIoPMB

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Lauren Durbin commented about Kiva Theatre on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

This theatre is shown on 1920 and 1926 fire insurance maps. Address is 116 W. Main Street.

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Lauren Durbin commented about 66 West Twin Drive-In on Nov 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

This theater has recently been demolished. :(

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Lauren Durbin commented about Bonham Theatre on Sep 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Meridian Theatre on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Kickingbird Cinema on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Cyclone Theatre on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

The Cyclone appears on 1930 fire insurance maps, but is not present as a theatre on the 1924 map.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Franroy Theatre on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Gem Theatre on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Ritz Theatre on Aug 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

A theatre was at the location described above after 1928 according to fire insurance maps. Address is 307 W. Chickasha.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Eagle Theater on Aug 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Platt Theater on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Found a theatre listed on a 1928 fire insurance map at 1014 W. 2nd.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Criterion Theater on Jul 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Address was 106 S. Main as found on 1925 and 1931 fire insurance maps.

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Lauren Durbin commented about State Theatre on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This theatre was not present on 1925 fire insurance maps, so it must have become a theatre at some point after that.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Aztec Theatre on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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.

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Lauren Durbin commented about Waurika Theater on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Fire insurance maps show a theater at the NW corner of Main & Broadway as of 1916 and one at 111 S. Main as of 1923. No later maps are available.