Cooper Cinerama Theatre

19 N. Robinson Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Cimarron
Cimarron on April 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

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

Don Eldredge
Don Eldredge on February 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

1953 Pic of Harber added to Photo Section.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

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

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Early Liberty Theatre Pic added to Photo Section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on January 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Pic of Cooper during Cinerama era added to photo section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on January 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Pic of Liberty Theater added to photo section

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Pictured as Liberty Theatre in this 1928 trade report: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

Here’s a three-page 1951 trade article about the transformation from Liberty into Harber Theatre: boxofficemagazine

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

A swell 1932 view of the Liberty Theatre.
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

In this 1940s image is an unusual view (far right) of the old Liberty Theatre,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

In this 1940s image is an unusual view (far right) of the old Liberty Theatre,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

Leftside of this 1930’s picture is the old Liberty Theatre
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

An unusual but clear 1941 picture of this theatre when it was still called liberty can be seen by going above to cosmo’s Nov. 8, 2009 link and enter “elmer’s place bar”

raybradley
raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Off topic … above there are three comments on W. W. Ahlschlager who created NYC’s swanky Roxy Theatre. Take this shorcut to see a picture postcard of Oklahoma City’s Ramsey Tower, also designed by Ahlschlager.
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raybradley
raybradley on November 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Apparently a billiard parlor was originally included within the Liberty layout. To view an exterior (c1920) shot of the Liberty Theatre type in the word “billiard” -
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If you wish, you can type in the name “Liberty” instead, but you’ll have to browse through a lot of other Liberty theatres, and a number of bank buildings.

raybradley
raybradley on October 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Presented on this site is a c1959 photo of the Cinerama Cooper Theater -
http://cinerama.topcities.com/coopercinerama.htm

raybradley
raybradley on October 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Oops, Cooper Theater is seen PHOTO RIGHT in the above mentioned snapshot.

raybradley
raybradley on October 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

In response to Mr. Vogel’s 7/9/09 posting.
Though built shoulder to shoulder, the Warner Liberty Theatre lobby and auditorium were actually two seperate buildings. In 1950 a Modernistic structure replaced the original lobby. The 1915 auditorium was only remodeled (if stripping away all ornamentation could be considered remodeling). Lush drapes were installed, and a wall was built midway across the balcony to decrease balcony seating capacity by half.
Jeff Chapman’s 1970 snapshot from CT shows the Cooper auditorium and stagehouse on photo left-
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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

These 1952 LIFE photos give a lot of information of 3 strip Cinerama widescreen presentation,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 9, 2009 at 3:05 am

The December 9, 1950, issue of Boxoffice said that the Cooper Foundation’s Harber Theater in Oklahoma City, formerly the Warner Liberty, was undergoing a complete remodeling at an estimated cost of $225,000.

The July 7, 1951, Boxoffice article about the opening made it sound like the Harber occupied an entirely new building, saying it was “…built on the site of the old Liberty….” Vague phrasing in various issues of Boxoffice from early 1951 brings no clarification. A January 6 item said that the Harber was being built “…from the ground up….” Then a May 5 item about the project said that the Liberty had been “…torn down….” but later uses the word “remodeling” to describe the project.

The Cooper Foundation only had a lease on the property, the land still being owned by J.N. “Doc” Harber. Earlier Boxoffice items had said that Harber and his wife were the owners of the Liberty Theatre building, but apparently the remodeled (or new) building was owned by the Cooper Foundation. Perhaps the imprecise information about whether the building was entirely new or just extensively remodeled had something to do with the lease arrangement between Cooper and the Harbers.

In 1949, there had been a lawsuit over the lease of the Liberty Theatre, with Warner Theatres suing the Cooper Foundation, the Harbers, and a number of other parties. I’ve been unable to discover if the suit was decided against Warner or if they ultimately settled out of court.

The December, 1950, Boxoffice item named the architects of the Harber Theatre as Carl Boller and Dietz Lusk. However, Carl Boller had died in 1946, so the lead architect must have been Robert Boller. The firm was Boller & Lusk, in any case. The 1951 item said that the murals in the auditorium and lobby had been painted by Hans Teichert of Chicago. The July 21, 1951, issue of Boxoffice ran a small photo of the opening day crowds outside the theater, showing the very modern style of the new facade.

The name change to Cooper Theatre took place in 1959. The June 29 issue of Boxoffice said: “The new Cooper Theatre, formerly the Harber, was formally opened Wednesday Evening (17) by Cooper Foundation Theatres with a press showing of ‘Windjammer,’ the Cinemiracle special.”

I’ve been unable to find anything about the house being called the Cooper Cinerama Theatre. Boxoffice refers to it as simply the Cooper Theatre through most of the 1960s. In the photo on this web page, the name Cinerama is clearly above the name Cooper, so it seems likely that the house was never actually called the Cooper Cinerama Theatre, but only sported the standard Cinerama signage. An advertisement naming it Cooper Cinerama Theatre would be better evidence than that photo.

The Cooper Foundation had actually disposed of all its Oklahoma City Theaters by 1964, according to an item in Boxoffice on November 2 that year. The June 15 issue had said that the foundation had put the Midwest, Warner, and Sooner theaters up for sale after buying out the lease of Stanley Warner Theatres, who had been operating the houses for some time. The Cooper Theatre itself had been leased to Dr. and Mrs. L.A. Newcomb earlier that year.

Coate
Coate on July 24, 2008 at 3:00 am
"From 1953 it operated as COOPER CINERAMA."

The COOPER began showing Cinerama presentations in 1961, not 1953. Prior to the COOPER, Cinerama presentations in Oklahoma City were shown at the WARNER (1956-57).

jchapman1
jchapman1 on April 13, 2007 at 6:11 pm

c1926 exterior shot -
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