Bison Theatre

225 E. Main Street,
Shawnee, OK 74801

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

The Film Daily of October 21, 1927, reported that the Griffith circuit’s new Bison Theatre in Shawnee had been set to open between October 16th and 18th.

Mike Marshall
Mike Marshall on July 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Ray, In your post on 10-8-07 you said the Bison in Shawnee and the Aztec in Enid “were sister houses, designed by Carl Boller.” In my research on the Aztec I haven’t been able to verify the identity of that theater’s architect. May I ask the source of your information? Thanks for your help!

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This is what the neighborhood around the old Bison Theatre looks like these days,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Roadside Oklahoma web showcases both vintage and modern potos of the former Bison Theatre,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/642

raybradley
raybradley on October 8, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Seems OHS corrected their error. Both the Shawnee Bison Theatre and Enid Aztec (minus balcony) were sister houses, designed by Carl Boller. To compare images, on above post type in name “Aztec”, “Bison”, or “Esquire”.

jchapman1
jchapman1 on May 21, 2007 at 5:21 pm

On below site, historic photo of the Shawnee Bison Theatre is mistakenly listed as the one in Oklahoma City.
In search field type in word “theatre”, then press enter -
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RonnyJones
RonnyJones on July 27, 2005 at 8:03 am

The Bison Theatre was located on the corner of Main Street and Philadelphia. It was built by Griffith Theatres, later called Video Independent Theatres of Oklahoma City. The theatre seated over 1000 people originally. It had a domed ceiling with twinkling lights to resemble stars. The theatre had a working stage and could accomodate traveling stage shows and entertainers as well as movies. In 1947, with the opening of the Hornbeck Theatre in Shawnee, the Bison was changed to a second run policy. In 1954 Jones Theatres, Inc. partnered with Video in the Bison’s ownership. The Bison was a victim of television in the mid-1950’s when it closed. The V-shaped marquee on the Bison was moved to the Ritz Theatre in Shawnee during a major renovation of the Ritz in 1966. The building was sold and first became a western wear clothing store, later a church and now an antique mall. The stage area is still intact in the antique mall.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 6, 2005 at 9:33 pm

This theater was open on November 23, 1930 because an armed robbery took place there that day:
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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on July 6, 2005 at 9:24 pm

This theater is not listed in the 1975 Shawnee phone book.