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.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb, Robert Allen

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

It was a different Johnny Jones. The Johnny Jones of Checotah was also referred to as J.P. Jones in some Boxoffice items. J.P. operated his theaters through WWII according to various items in Boxoffice, while according to an item in Boxoffice of November 17, 1945, the Johnny Jones of Shawnee was about to be discharged from the service and resume operations of his theaters there.

The Checotah Johnny Jones must have been the older of the two. When his business partner, Jack LeMasters, retired in 1952, J.P. sold his interests in Checotah and bought the Beverly Theatre in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. He and his wife were still operating the Beverly in 1959, when Boxoffice mentioned that the house was operating five days a week with two changes. After that I find no mentions of J.P. Jones, but Johnny Jones of Shawnee was mentioned in Boxoffice as late as 1974.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on November 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Sad story on the Gentry being up for sale, but nice video view of the theater behinds the scene here.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on November 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

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

ForSale
ForSale on November 17, 2009 at 9:27 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 8:09 pm

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

From 2010 a view of the Gentry Cinema in Checotah.

GentryCinema
GentryCinema on August 20, 2011 at 9:26 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 2:22 pm

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

GentryCinema
GentryCinema on June 19, 2013 at 5:23 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 10:39 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.

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