Busby Theatre & Opera House

204 E. Washington Avenue,
McAlester, OK 74501

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I assume Seymour Cox was writing about the Skyview Drive-in, In Augusta,Ga. Don’t understand why it is was posted here.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm

During the brief period when the Busby Theatre staged burlesques shows this was the type routine that strip queens performed.
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raybradley
raybradley on October 18, 2009 at 6:49 am

1908 picture shows McAlester’s first Public Library surrounded by Busby Theatre billboards –
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1910 picture of Busby Theatre –
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1924 picture of Busby Hotel fire (built 1905, burned 1924, converted into courthouse 1925) –
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1955 picture of Pittsburg County Court House with Busby Theatre seen in background –
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1970 picture of Busby Theatre after conversion into a church –
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The Aldridge Hotel also billed itself as fireproof?
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seymourcox
seymourcox on October 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

How did that 10/17/09 Skyline comment post under my name?

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm

And what is the SKYVIEW playing for the JULY 4th weekeend? a striple feature with SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL P.T.109 and the third feature is PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND. now that is one mixed up triple feature.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Here is a 1907 postcard view of the Busby Hotel. The horsedrawn bus was a free shuttle between the hotel and train depots. The theatre had not yet been built.
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raybradley
raybradley on October 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm

A photo of the former Busby Hotel where many famed vaudeville folk once slept (Building was converted long ago into Pittsburg County Courthouse).
The Busby Theatre sat directly behind the hotel.
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Animal acts had to stay at the Aldridge Hotel because there were holding cages located in the vast basement.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/imarcc/2748053515/

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Inspection of this vintage snapshot indicates a wall poster advertising a movie “Queen of the Sea”, featuring Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman, 1918. If so, then the Busby
Theatre most certainly did persent film entertainment …
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seymourcox
seymourcox on November 10, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Here is an updated link to listen to burlesque music …
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seymourcox
seymourcox on March 11, 2007 at 11:16 pm

During its burlesque era the Busby Theatre most likely staged these types of strip-tease acts,
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http://www.anatomyofburlesque.com/
with this style of bump & grind rhythm music,
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Okie
Okie on May 21, 2006 at 4:17 pm

This color photo shows the beautiful Scottish Rite facade. The interior motif is Egyptian. Guided tours are offered for those interested in the giant Kimball concert organ.
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Okie
Okie on February 21, 2006 at 5:23 am

Here is another interesting birds eye view of the Busby Theatre-

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Also in this image can be seen McAlester’s Scottish Rite Masonic Temple which still maintains it’s original 1930 Kimball Organ with over 3100 pipes.

Okie
Okie on February 20, 2006 at 11:37 pm

Two views that blended together above…
BUSBY THEATER 1908-1983
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Okie
Okie on February 20, 2006 at 11:28 pm

Take a historic visual tour of the Busby Theatre in pictures- – -
BUSBY THEATER 1908-1983
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1983 Demolition Snapshots
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RIP

xxx
xxx on November 4, 2005 at 9:24 pm

Click here to see cover of Busby Theater Grand Opening Program , Friday, March 13, 1908:
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xxx
xxx on October 24, 2005 at 12:42 am

DIDN’T WORK because silly me gave wrong web address…try;
http://www.mcalester.lib.ok.us/

xxx
xxx on October 24, 2005 at 12:41 am

LOOK! into photo pages on these web sites to see clear interior and exterior photographs of the BUSBY Theater, plus the Okla and V;
http://www.mcalester.libok.us/
http://www.dancingrabbitgallery.com
WHAT FUN!!!

xxx
xxx on September 7, 2005 at 9:08 pm

The Busby Theater did feature sound movies in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, then switched over to live burlesque stage shows. It didn’t take too long for hootchy novelty acts to wear off, and burlesque was quickly dropped. Poor attenance may have partly been due to the fact that the Busby was situated atop a steep hill.