Thompson Theatre

122 N. Ohio Avenue,
Atoka, OK 74525

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cinemajohn on December 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm

In November, 2015 I was permitted to see the projection booth and I have included photos of the projectors. They were a mess. I cannot imagine film being run on them in this condition. The sound rack and rewind table with reel boxes were still there.

lrostochil on May 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

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:

mrswilson on November 15, 2008 at 6:10 pm

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

lrostochil on April 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm

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.

RonPhillips on August 16, 2005 at 12:22 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.

brentclarkf on January 24, 2005 at 8:51 pm

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.

RobertR on January 14, 2005 at 6:37 am

What a depressing description how do they stay open?