Victoria Theater

1901 N. Classen Boulevard,
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

July 4th, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Here is an early notice about the Victoria Theatre, from Motion Picture News of October 28, 1927:

“WORK is expected to be begun this week on Oklahoma City’s first suburban theatre. The new theatre will be built on the corner of Eighteenth street at Classen Blvd., and will cost around $100,000 for the building. L. M. Ranch, a local real estate man, is constructing the building. It will be operated by the Victoria Theatre Company, headed by L. M. Karchmer and A. H. Emenheiser. The equipment for the theatre will cost approximately $75,000.”

lrostochil
lrostochil on July 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

Here’s a then and now shot of the building. The “then” was taken soon after it opened in 1928, and the now was taken in 2009:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 15, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Here is an article dated 1/8/50 from the Daily Oklahoman:

‘Claudia’ to Be first Stock Company Show at the Vogue

EXTENSIVE redecoration and refurnishing is under way at the
Vogue theater, formerly the Victoria and still later used as a church, which returns soon to the entertainment field. The neighborhood playhouse at Classen and NW 17 opens January
24 with a stock company presenting six shows a week, drawn from
the established hits of recent years. First offering of The Piper Players will be “Claudia,” long a favorite with theater goers. Succeeding productions will be of equal caliber.

The Piper Players, a company of 20, have had wide experience In
stage presentations on both coasts and are now on a successful road
tour of the midwest. Charles Freeman, general manager of The Cooper
Foundation theaters here, has booked them for an extended stay
on the theory the city is ready for legitimate theater again.
Price scales have not been decided, but they will be in the popular
price range.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on October 31, 2006 at 12:25 pm

More recent photos of this beautiful building:
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Okie
Okie on March 26, 2006 at 4:34 am

Check out the web site for Oklahman Archives to see great images of the Victoria Theatre. A fantastic architectural drawing of the Gothic auditorium is shown January 29, 1928, and an exterior photo can be seen July 4, 1928.

Okie
Okie on March 14, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Click here for 1955 photo of Victoria Theater after it had been converted into Television Station KTVO, channel 25-
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 11, 2005 at 1:53 pm

The Robert-Morton organ Size 3/12 was installed in 1928.

xxx
xxx on September 9, 2005 at 1:16 pm

Bryan, your updated information is very much appreciated. My sources were 1927/28 news articles and grand opening ads obtained from the ‘Oklahoman Archive’ web pages.

xxx
xxx on September 7, 2005 at 2:35 pm

Actually the VICTORIA Theater opened in mid-1928 and closed early-1953. Dallas Architect Clarence Bulger was responsible for the Gothic design, strongly influenced by London’s Victoria Station. Seating capacity was 1500, not 806, and was stadium style. The Victoria opened with a $35,000 Robert Morton “Wonder” Organ.

KenRoe
KenRoe on July 6, 2005 at 11:52 am

The Victoria Theatre was operated in the 1940’s by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Ed Rowley.