Cooper Cinerama Theatre

19 N. Robinson Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Cooper Cinerama Theatre

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In 1915, Paramount Pictures Inc. opened their modish Craftsman/Mission style Liberty Theatre, complete with a billiard parlour on the spacious mezzanine. A new innovation resurlted in supurb picture quality – the projection booth was located on the ground floor.

When Paramount almost went bankrupt in the mid-1930’s, Warner Bros. took this opportunity to seize control of the 1,700-seat Liberty Theatre, which was on the same block as their Warner Theatre & Midwest Theatres.

Ownership again changed to Cooper Foundation Theaters Inc. in the late-1940’s, and the original facade and lobby were razed to make wasy for a sleek new look. The auditorium was also modernised, all to the plans of architect’s Boller & Lusk, with decorations by interior decorator Hanns Teichert. At this time it was renamed Harber Theatre.

Cinerama equipment was installed around 1953, half of the balcony was blocked off to reduce seating capacity down to 1,100.

Thoughout its long life, this movie palace remained profitable, until know-it-all Urban Renewal said the old downtown movie theatre had to come down in the mid-1970’s…..and it closed in 1975, and was razed in 1976.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb, J.D.C.

Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Pictured as Liberty Theatre in this 1928 trade report: Boxoffice

Cimarron
Cimarron on January 13, 2014 at 4:00 am

Pic of Liberty Theater added to photo section

Cimarron
Cimarron on January 19, 2014 at 3:02 am

Pic of Cooper during Cinerama era added to photo section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 4, 2014 at 4:00 am

Early Liberty Theatre Pic added to Photo Section.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Wow this theater looks so much like the Gateway theater in Ft Lauderdale. Pull it up and see.

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 7, 2014 at 1:39 am

1953 Pic of Harber added to Photo Section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 24, 2014 at 2:51 am

See 1925 Liberty Theatre Ad for “Phantom of the Opera” in Photo Section with some bargain prices.

Don Eldredge
Don Eldredge on February 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

One of the many restorations of Gone With The Wind played there, I believe in 1966.

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 7, 2014 at 1:19 am

Mid 60’s day time view pic added to Photo Section showing Cooper Theater on left side of street.

Cimarron
Cimarron on April 8, 2014 at 2:49 am

Mickey Rooney, 1963 “It’s A……” uploaded in Photo Section.

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