Aldridge Theater

303 NE 2nd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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Aldridge Theater

The Aldridge Theater was opened on February 2, 1920 with Sam De Grasse in “Blind Husbands”. It was an African-American theatre which initially presented vaudeville as well as movies. It was part of the TOBA chain of African American owned theatres In the late-1920’s Count Basie and Gonzelle White’s band played here. From the 1940’s thru the 1950’s it was a movie theatre having dropped live performances.

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seymourcox on July 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Direct links to the Aldridge Theatre page can be found here;
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seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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

seymourcox on March 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

The site where the Aldridge Theatre stood is now an apartment complex,
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missmelbatoast on March 30, 2011 at 2:18 am

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 April 1, 2011 at 2:07 am

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 3, 2011 at 12:14 am

From CardCow Postcards I found this old picture of the KBYE sign
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LouRugani on August 25, 2012 at 10:10 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 20, 2013 at 2:14 am

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 8:36 pm

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

Texas2step on December 9, 2017 at 8:07 pm

This one was built in 1919 but it opened on February 2, 1920. The feature film was “Blind Husbands” starring Sam De Grasse.

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