Thompson Theatre

122 N. Ohio Avenue,
Atoka, OK 74525

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Thompson Theatre...Atoka Oklahoma

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This is a small town theatre that looks to be in shabby shape but is still in operation on week ends.

The side of the theatre along Route 3 has a mural painted from one end of the theatre to the other depicting historic sites and events in the area of Atoka. The front of the building gives the impression that the theatre has been boarded up since all but one door is closed in and painted a dark flat burgundy.

The theatre has a nice marquee but it seems that it is not in use as there was no attractions listed on it. It stretches from one side of the building to the other with the name in neon above each side. By 2013, movies had ceased, and the building has become a dance studio.

Contributed by Chuch Van Bibber

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RobertR
RobertR on January 14, 2005 at 2:37 pm

What a depressing description how do they stay open?

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on January 25, 2005 at 4:51 am

I spoke to the city manager yesterday. This theatre is now a dance studio. It closed sometime in the ‘70s. It was named after the Thompson family who, she explained, moved away during that time period. Atoka has no other theatres. She related some memories of the Thompson from her youth. Like too many other theatres, this one’s gone.

RonPhillips
RonPhillips on August 16, 2005 at 8:22 pm

My father, Edwin Phillips, managed the Thompson Theatre. Yes, the Thompson family of Oklahoma City owned several theatres in various small towns in Oklahoma. Before the ‘new’ Thompson Theatre opened about 1954, there was the old Thompson on Court Street and the Pix Theatre was across the street. There was also the Choctaw Drive-In south of town.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2007 at 12:49 am

The 1980 motion picture almanac lists John N. Thompson as president of Thompson Theaters Co. Three theaters in Atoka were listed – the Thompson, the Watson and the Choctaw Drive-In.

lrostochil
lrostochil on April 21, 2008 at 12:14 am

I believe that my grandfather, Duane Conner, designed this theater in 1953. I found an old resume of his from that era, and it lists this theater. He also designed the Thompson Theater in Healdton, OK, which, from what his notes say, is similar in design. When designed, the theater had a capacity of 550 seats.

mrswilson
mrswilson on November 16, 2008 at 2:10 am

We are planning to reopen the Thompson Theater in Tishomingo, OK. Any information and photos of the old theater would be greatly appreciated.

lrostochil
lrostochil on May 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Here’s a view from May 2012. When we were there, workers were finishing up some interior renovation. The place looks good and is now a dance studio:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25726169@N03/7165924930/in/photostream

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