Theatorium Theater

114 W. Main Street,
Ardmore, OK 73104

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Theatorium Theater

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The Theatorium, opened in 1906, was the first theater to be built in Ardmore. It took much pride in showing only films that it considered of “high class” such as “Life Portrayals” and “Pictured Melodies”.

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raybradley
raybradley on January 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

American International’s 1973 release “DILLINGER” (starring Warren Oates, Michelle Phillips, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Johnson, and Cloris Leachman) shot several key scenes in Ardmore. When Dillinger pauses to rob a bank, just after escaping jail, the Theatroium Bldg. can clearly be recognized.
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

What an interesting name for a theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

March 13th, 1907 announcement in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Unless Ardmore renumbered its lots at some point, the Theatorium must have operated in two different locations. In the December 1, 1907, issue of the Daily Ardmoreite, the Theatorium was advertised at 212 West Main Street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I wonder if there were two different Theatorium theatres. A March 13, 1907 ad is telling people to watch for the opening date of the New Theatorium located in the Cruce Building on West Main Street. I haven’t found any newspaper with an opening ad, but on March 21, 1907 the New Theatorium is advertising moving pictures in the Daily Ardmoreite.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

So the question is did the Theatorium first operate at 114 W. Main before moving to 212 in March, 1907, or did it move to 114 after operating at 212 for some time (or is 114 simply the wrong address?) 212 West Main is currently the location of Splatters Paintball. The front has some nice tapestry brick work, but there’s nothing especially theatrical about it (nor is the building at 114 especially theatrical, for that matter.)

Looking at the building at 212 in satellite view, I’m pretty sure the storefront to its east is part of the same structure, but the east side has been remodeled with one of those aluminum false fronts that were popular in the 1960s. Maybe the theater could have occupied both sides of the building, which I don’t think would have been the case at 114.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

A 1922 ad for Hartnitt’s clothing store gives a location of 112 West Main Street, next to the Theatorium Theater. In 1922, the Theatorium was most likely at 114 West Main Street. I haven’t found any mention of the 212 West Main Street address for the Theatorium.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I found a 1907 ad for the Theatorium that gives the 212 West Main Street address. I noticed in the ad that the hours of operation are 6:30 to 10:30 pm. I wonder if the early 1907 Theatorium was an airdome at a different location than the later Theatorium at 114 West Main.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

This was published on August 3, 1908.

LeRoy Bickle has returned to Ardmore after an absence of a month and will open the Theatorium next Friday on West Main Street. He has purchased the fixtures of the moving picture show formerly operated up the street and will move them to the Theatorium. Bickle operated a successful show here before and during the fall and winter hopes to do a greater business than he did last winter.

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