Almonte Cinema 6

2956 SW 59th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73119

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OKCdoorman
OKCdoorman on January 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

More Almonte 6 miscellanea:

Originally a Farris Shanbour/Oklahoma Cinema Theatres project—his largest to that time—but he died a month or two before its opening, and the ownership for this one was sold to Commonwealth. Some of the veteran IATSE projectionists from Shanbour’s North Park Theatre transferred here. Oddly, although neither company had had anything to do with one another until then, both chains dressed their lower staff in the exact same black and red polyester-fiber uniforms.

The Almonte Mall itself has always been an small, standard, unpretentious one-block strip mall in a comfortably working-/middle-class-part of town a half-mile from the interstate and 2 miles from the airport, which may partly have decided its construction. Dow 100-level industries and billion-dollar-level real-estate developers at that time however did not run to establish factories and mansions in far southwest OKC so why the Almonte 6 was built there—knowing full well that both the cable TV and home-video/VCR revolutions were about to occur with no huge population spike predicted for the nearby area and not even placed at a particularly high-traffic intersection (the 2-miles-away SW 74th & Penn crossing has always been more of a local headache)—was never revealed.

There was a community rumor the ushers here were particularly on the lookout for auditorium jumpers.

The largest auditorium, directly behind the front lobby, had 70mm capability although it was hardly ever used for the life of the theatre. 2010 with Roy Scheider was exhibited here in that format on its December 1984 U.S. opening day.

kpdennis
kpdennis on November 19, 2015 at 10:42 am

Visited the remains of the Almonte 6 on November 16, 2015. Still empty and partially taken apart, with the projection booth exposed and the bases of the old projectors still in place – too heavy to move, I’m sure. I’d love to know if the safe is still in place in the manager’s office. New photos posted in the picture section.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 3, 2014 at 3:34 am

June 19th, 1981 grand opening ad in photo section

kathi87
kathi87 on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Mike – not sure you will ever read this, but I think I worked for you when I was in high school :) I worked @ Almonte 6 from 86-87. Not sure you were there the whole time, we had managers changed out sometime but I cant remember when lol.. I worked in the snack bar :) My all time fave job w/ amazing memories!! <3

ericjohnson
ericjohnson on January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

the theater is completely desrtoyed as i am rewiring it at this time. stupid tweakers broke in and destroyed what they didnt steal. the screens are ripped down, speakers either broken or destroyed, and in the projector room every thing is gone.

MyronNash91
MyronNash91 on October 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I heard that this was the busiest Cinema from the 1980s. I wish I have went there, cause it look like a really good Cinema to go to. But now it’s gone. Does anybody got a photo of the theater rooms and screens? I want to see what they look like.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I guess this is off topic.I have been trying to stay on Topic!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Yes it is but i enjoyed it.It was a time to chat with the girls,If they were real good they did everything for me,except count the money.About the time you would finish Box office, the concessionstand girl would come in with her money.Since we never had Cash registers or COMPUTERS it is amazing we hardly came up short. But like you said LOEWS had a separate Concession that you never had to worry about.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Now thats old school.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Nice pictures guys. I came up in the business where after the last show you picked up the boxoffice girl went in the office and check out with real BOR’S.An adding machine and a type writer.Sorta glad i didn’t have computers.And guess what we did okay.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Modern pix of the Almonte Cinema 6 can be seen on these web pages,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/574

kpdennis
kpdennis on June 6, 2009 at 10:25 am

And here’s another stray photo I located – a view of the box office at the Almonte Cinemas 6 as it appeared in summer 1988. Note the standee advertising Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”, a big hit for us that summer.

Ticketing was a purely manual, paper and pencil operation – no computers. Six ticket machines loaded with three different color tickets, a cheat sheet to price multiple sales taped to the counter, and a hand-held calculator for backup. A far cry from today’s operations!

View link

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:23 am

For a few years, this was OKC’s highest grossing theater, even though it was located on the economically lesser south side of town. A photo of the Almonte from the mid-1990s:
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kpdennis
kpdennis on April 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

I trained as a Commonwealth Theaters manager at the Almonte in the summer of 1984 – at the time, the six-plex was the chain’s flagship theater in Oklahoma City. After serving time at several other locations, I became the Almonte’s manager for about nine months in 1988.

The theater safe was located in the office located upstairs with the projection booth; a very narrow window on the second floor served as the entryway for burglars one night in the summer of ‘88 as they smashed it open and entered from the roof. They managed to maneuver the wheeled, heavy safe to the top of the stairs and pushed it down, where it smashed through a wall into the adjacent restroom. Undeterred, the crooks wheeled it out the back door into the rear alley, where they were spotted by a neighboring resident and escaped, leaving the safe behind. It was returned to the office and filled with cement – leaving us to wonder how this giant hunk of metal and rock could ever be moved from the building!

rivest266
rivest266 on October 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm

This opened on June 19, 1981