Gentry Cinema

214 E. Gentry Avenue,
Checotah, OK 74426

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Gentry Cinema

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The Gentry Theater originally opened in 1939, with a seating capacity of 400. It was closed in the mid-1990’s and went to other uses.

The Gentry Cinema was purchased by Richard Coleman in 2008, and was restored and reopened on December 12, 2008. Seating capacities in the two screens are now 132 and 32. Sadly, this was short lived and the Gentry Cinema was closed again in 2009.

In 2013 it was taken over by the husband, wife & son team of Allen Theatre Management who were contracted to reopen the cinema. The Allen team (Bob, Emilie & Tim) plan to make it a ‘Family Friendly Theatre’, and according to General Manager Bob, “The community response has been overwhelming”. The Gentry Cinema re-opened on December 13, 2013, and will still be running on film. It operates nightly, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. It was closed in 2014.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb, Robert Allen

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danpetitpas
danpetitpas on November 16, 2009 at 11:01 am

Here’s a story about the theater’s reopening last December

ForSale
ForSale on November 17, 2009 at 7:27 am

Here is another “video”/slideshow about the Gentry being for sale. Lots of pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhAjrYFVEFo

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on February 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Dropped by this theater yesterday (02/04/2010) and it is closed and still for sale.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

From 2010 a view of the Gentry Cinema in Checotah.

GentryCinema
GentryCinema on August 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

I’m the current owner of the Gentry. I’ve posted several more interior and exterior photos for those who are interested. Just click the photos tab to view them. The place is still for sale.

sploud
sploud on June 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I see this is still for sale. Have you thought about doing a lease on it?

GentryCinema
GentryCinema on June 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Yes. I have considered leasing the theater. Those who are interested in leasing should contact me using the e-mail address on the www.gentrycinema.com website.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on November 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The Gentry will re-open December 13th under new management. The theatre is still owned by Richard Coleman and managed by the Allen Theatre Management team of Bob and Emilie Allen and their son Tim.

joesorce
joesorce on April 18, 2017 at 2:36 am

The Gentry closed in 2014, soon after “re-opening”.

GentryCinema
GentryCinema on April 18, 2017 at 5:53 am

Gentry Cinema is up for auction on May 19, 2017. Visit the auction site for details: https://www.williamsauction.com/property-auctions/214-w-gentry-ave-checotah-ok-74426/346942

This theater could easily operate again if digital projection and sound equipment were added. This would provide a much greater chance of success than what the previous operator had. Without digital equipment, there is almost no availability of movies to show.

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