Aldridge Theater

303 NE 2nd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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ALDRIDGE Theatre, Oklahaoma City, Oklahoma

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The Aldridge Theater was opened in 1919 and was an African-American theatre.

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missmelbatoast on July 29, 2007 at 9:50 am

Don’t bother to look for black (Aldridge, Blue Moon, Carter, Eastside, Jewel) theatre ads in the Daily Oklahoman, or any other white newspaper. Afro-American theatres advertised exclusively in the Black Dispatch.
Don’t understand why the map on these links don’t mark the Jewel Theatre location on NE Third, one block North from the Aldridge.
Included is a breif bio of Zelia N. Page Breaux, beloved theatre owner and music teacher.
During the late 1960s the downtown Cooper Theatre began to book black films, which siphoned Afro patrons away from Negro neighborhood cinemas, this eventually forced their closing.
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Above sites work best using dial-up connenction.

seymourcox on July 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

Direct links to the Aldridge Theatre page can be found here;
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seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Historic photos of the old Aldridge Theater can be viewed on this informative web site,

seymourcox on March 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

The site where the Aldridge Theatre stood is now an apartment complex,
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missmelbatoast on March 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

As early as 1957 Oklahoma City had a black radio station, KBYE (AM-890). To see a downtown
billboard advertisement for station KBYE go above to Jeff Chapman’s 04-23-07 link and type in
“katz 1957”

missmelbatoast on March 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

For a rare auditorium look see go above to April 23, 2007 post and enter “ALDRIDGE THEATRE interior THE DUKE IS TOPS”

missmelbatoast on April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

From CardCow Postcards I found this old picture of the KBYE sign
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LouRugani on August 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

The Aldridge Theatre was slightly west of where the Haywood Building (Deep Deuce Grill) is today. Owned by Zelia Breaux and F.E. Withrow, the Aldridge opened in 1919. Big bands, vaudeville acts and movies were featured regularly. Music legends such as Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Duke Ellington appeared at the Aldridge.

tynesferguson on July 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I am looking for information or photographs of my great grandfather, Thomas Pierson, who was manager of the Aldridge Theater from 1918 to about 1922. If anyone can help, please contact me at Thanks.

pnelson on November 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Exterior pic of the Aldridge is very handsome. Neon and marquee is great. Art deco.

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