Thompson Theater

Main Street,
Healdton, OK 73438

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The Thompson Theater started out as a silent film cinema. In 1929, the theater was converted to show talkies. The first talking film shown at the theater was “The Duke Steps Out”.

The Thompson Theater was still in operation in 1950.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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lrostochil
lrostochil on April 20, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Is there a newer theater in Healdton? I have an old resume belonging to my grandfather, who was an architect. It indicates that he (Duane Conner) designed this theater in 1949, and it seated 550 patrons. If you have any information or photos, please post them. Thanks. Lynne

lyndamcnatt
lyndamcnatt on May 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

My mother grew up in Healdton in the 1940’s and 50’s. She remembers a second theater that was built in the 1940’s. It was located on the same side of Main St. but was for or five blocks down from the “Thompson”. That theater’s name was the “Texan” and that it showed mostly Westerns and “B” movies. My maternal grandfather was full of history of Healdton, being born and raised in the area. Before his death twenty-seven years ago, he told all kinds of stories and one of them was watching the “Thompson ” being built and how excited every one was. He said it was in the late twenties. I hope that helps you.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

History detailed in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

kaylenmoore
kaylenmoore on December 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I lived in Healdton from birth till I was about 9 and I remember two theatres in Healdton. I don’t remember the names of either, but I know there were two. My cousins and I watched Roy Rogers, Dale Evens and Gene Autry serials on Saturday morning in one or the other of the theatres. My cousin, Woody, and I ran down the grocery boy from Pratt’s Grocery one saturday morning after a movie in Thompson’s theatre. Kay

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