18 E. Choctaw Avenue,
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Architects: W. Scott Dunne
Previous Names: Grand Theatre, Palace Theatre, Oklahoma Theatre
The Okla Theatre was built within the walls of the Palace Theatre which was destroyed by fire in December 1930. The Okla Theatre was opened July 10, 1931 with Robert Montgomery in “The Man in Possession”. The architect W. Scott Dunne designed a Moderne style partial Atmospheric style movie theatre, with $50,000. The side walls had stepped rectangular shapes and in between them were plant boxes containing imitation foliage.
The Okla Theatre was sold to United Artists Theatres in December 1983 and it was closed by them on September 4, 1989. It is currently raising funds for renovations to be carried out to convert into a Community Arts Center.
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