Movies 1 & 2

700 City Avenue,
Moore, OK 73160

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Okie
Okie on September 3, 2006 at 8:48 am

Opened in 1971 The Movies I & II Cinemas were installed inside existing retail space along a strip shopping center.
During this period all theatres in The Movies Franchise Cinemas operation were decorated to resemble old time nickelodeons with bright red shag carpeting, scarlet flocked/gold foiled wallpaper, crimson carnival glass light fixtures, gilt framed vintage movie posters, and antique magic latern displays.
Original manager of this twin cinema was a young gentleman named Williams. Mr. Williams gained management experience at Frontier City Amusement Park where his father had owned several shops and rides.
Jerry Lewis Cinemas and The Movies Franchise Cinemas began operation around the same time, and were amoung the first franchised cinema circuits. CEO of The Movies Franchise was J. Cooper Burke who was the very first “Marlboro Man”, of cigarette advertising fame.

raybradley
raybradley on September 4, 2006 at 12:29 pm

The Movies Franchise opened their first theatre in 1969 in Altus, OK. Altus Movies 1 & 2 were built inside existing retail space at an established shopping center. Each auditorium held 200 seats, auditorium 1 had been an H & S Green Stamp Redemption Store, and auditorium 2 was a former billiard supply store and pool hall.
As written above, this twin cinema was designed to look like an old fashioned nickelodeon with a decor as described above.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

It looks like a new multiplex is being built in Moore. Opening date is unknown:
http://tinyurl.com/33f3te

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Salina, KS, Sunset Cinemas (nee- The Movies 1&2) used the exact same blueprints as the Moore, OK, The Moive 1 & 2;
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/915.html

raybradley
raybradley on July 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

This site shows the shopping center in which the now long gone Movies 1 & 2 once resided,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/453

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Nice liitle twin,Too bad we can’t go back to this type of moviegoing.

raybradley
raybradley on March 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The Movies 1 and 2 sat in the middle of this now vacant shopping strip. The manager’s name was Mr. Williams, whose father once owned controlling interest in Frontier City Amusement Park, including the Frontier City Cinema.
View link

ryandaniel1980
ryandaniel1980 on February 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

The building that housed the theater is still there and in use, now as One Church. Before that, it was a laser tag venue. The former occupants had knocked out the wall between the two theaters, making one large room. This made it perfect when the church moved in, as the floor was sloped, and a stage was constructed. The church auditorium uses theater type seating, so save for the fact that it is now one large room versus two, it probably looks very much like it did in the theater days. The lobby has been restored as a foyer for the church, but the information counter sits where the old snack bar would have been. Behind the counter is a door leading to the old projection room, where the openings for the projectors can still be seen.

I’ve been told that the old theater sign is on the room still, only lying flat so as to not be visible. I haven’t had a chance to go up there and verify, but hope to in the future.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks ryan,guess you need to join the church to see it, great update.

shawnflr
shawnflr on August 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Great site and even greater feedback from all you guys!..I actually was born/raised in Moore and frequented this theater throughout the 70’s until it’s close in the mid 80’s I believe. I would like to clear up some things as I remember them about this property. The movies was most of this part of the building as a Humpty’s supermarket was on the south end. Also north of the building was Moore Book Stall (comic books and such) and then there was the fenced BMX bike racing track adjacent to it and this is in this one strip with the movies. My friend Kevin was the one to renovate it a bit and made it his Laser Tag Of Moore for a few years before that craze went out. As of now the theater and church part are vacant and has been for a couple of years. I actually have a call in the property mngmt to see about renting/buying it and doing something nostalgic and opening it as a movie theater for indie movies, etc..anyone interested can contact me at ..I would love some pics of the theater from the open to the close as well as any other pics or stories.

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