Jewel Theatre

904 NE 4th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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Styles: Art Deco

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Jewel Theatre

The Jewel Theatre was built in July 1931 for Hathyel L. James and Percy H. James as an African American Theatre.

Closed by the late-1970’s, the Jewel Theatre is today the only building standing on the block. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

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Delrenad on March 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm

In response to the above post as Step-Granddaughter to Percy Harold James, Sr..there are members of Mr. James', family still alive. The children of his first wife, Jewel Hythel (Hattie). JEWEL, his oldest daughter, has a daughter living in Anchorage, AK. Her name is also Jewel. PERCY JAMES, Jr. has three sons (Percy III, Roland, and Leon) that are still living, and ROLAND, his youngest son has children still living in Denver, CO.

SoonerGrad74 on April 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

The Jewel as of April 2010 View link

seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

On this great web site are recent shots of the abandoned Jewel Theatre, only building remaining on the block.
1970’s views show a Jewel with marquee gone. Wonder who put the old marquee back up, and why?

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Maybe someone was going to reopen the theatre and it fell through.

raybradley on March 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

On this link pan around the corner on Laird Ave. to see just how incredibly long the Jewel auditorium is,
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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Interesting link Cosmic Ray posted. In the Street View there is 3 buildings in a row, with the Jewel in the center of the 3. Pan out to satellite view, and there is only the Jewel remaining standing.

missmelbatoast on March 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm

As early as 1957 Oklahoma City had a black radio station, KBYE (AM-890). To look at a downtown rooftop billboard advertisement for station KBYE go to link below and type in “katz 1957”
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pomb98 on May 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Is the theatre still owned by the James family? I’d like to take a look at it and see if it can be renovated and re-opened. Any info on who currently owns it?

VHart on May 8, 2012 at 5:21 am

The Jewel Theatre is now owned by Arthur Hurst. The Jewel Foundation is helping to remodel the building and turn it back into a working movie and play theatre. For more information or help please email me at !!! We are excited about the progess already being made, we are currently rasing and accepting money for a new roof!!! If anyone has any type of pictures of the building from 1930s to 1970s PLEASE contact me!!! Thank you all!!!

VHart on July 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

For more information about the Jewel Theatre or Jewel Foundation you can go to the website at!!! We are having a Blues Festivals to help raise funds for the theatre you can find all the details on the website!!!

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