Aldridge Theater

303 NE Second Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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tynesferguson
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.

LouRugani
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.

missmelbatoast
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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missmelbatoast
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
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”

seymourcox
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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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Historic photos of the old Aldridge Theater can be viewed on this informative web site,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/575

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

Direct links to the Aldridge Theatre page can be found here;
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missmelbatoast
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.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 16, 2007 at 11:54 am

Love the pictures posted on OHS site. So many black persons who were regular patrons of the Aldridge talk about this odeon with such loving memories. Seems the Aldridge and Jewel (both black owned and operated) were built not only as movie/vaude houses, but also pomp gathering places free from retraints found in churches, but not as worldly as night clubs.
Up to the end live acts were always included on the bill. One notable performer who was brought back most often was singer Little Richard.

jchapman1
jchapman1 on April 23, 2007 at 9:10 am

Take this shorter route, then type in the word “theatre”. Once picture downloads click on it again for a large shot -
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seymourcox
seymourcox on January 21, 2007 at 10:10 am

To see an excellent 1939 Aldridge vintage photograph click on below link, then enter Barney Hillerman Collection,
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

xxx
xxx on March 8, 2006 at 5:06 pm

The Aldridge Theatre was razed in 1975.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2005 at 7:54 am

I found a little history on the Aldridge Theater that agree’s with the info Ken already posted. It was built in 1920. The owner was a woman. Her name was either Zella N. Breaux or Zella N. Breau. It is spelled differently on various sites. Seating was 900. The manager was F.E. Whitlow. The theater showed movies and had vaudeville.

Zella N. Breau(x) Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame: 1983. Music promoter; established Aldridge Theater; 1947 Oklahoma Outstanding Woman; 1977 YWCA Hall of Fame.

KenRoe
KenRoe on July 6, 2005 at 10:49 am

The Aldridge Theatre was built in 1920 and opened as a Vaudville and picture house for African American audiences. In the late 1920’s Count Basie and Gonzelle White’s band performed here.

It is listed in Film Daily Yearbooks 1931-1933 and 1940-1955 as being a Negro theater.