Globe Theater

7 E. Main Street,
Ardmore, OK 73401

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Globe Theater

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Originally the site of the Roxy Theater which was destroyed by fire in 1943. The Globe Theater was opened April 12, 1945 and primarily showed westerns at that time. It was located on East Main Street by Pioneer Hardware and was owned by Hershel Gilliam and Bernice Veal. It was closed around 1959.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 15, 2007 at 6:12 am

As of a few years ago, the Globe was a furniture store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

The January 20, 1958, issue of Boxoffice ran an item mentioning the Globe: “Herschel Gilliam, better known as ‘Wild Bill,’ was in the exchange area here and said that he finally had to install CinemaScope equipment in his Globe Theatre at Ardmore. Gilliam is very optimistic about the future of motion picture theatres, especially in Ardmore. Theatres there are helped a lot by patronage from the Air Force base a few miles from town.”

Perhaps Wild Bill was over-optimistic. The Oklahoma City news column in the June 1, 1959, issue of Boxoffice mentions among visitors to film row “…Herschel ‘Wild Bill” Gilliam, Globe Theatre, Ardmore, who will close about June 1.“ The item doesn’t specify if this was a temporary closing or a permanent closing, but I’ve found no items about the Globe in later issues of Boxoffice.

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Here is a modern view of Main and Washington,
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rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2014 at 6:06 am

April 12th, 1945 grand opening ad in photo section. Listings stopped in 1953.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2016 at 2:42 am

I don’t know how reliable this page is (it is mostly about Ardmore Army Air Field during WWII,) but here is something it says:

“Hershel Gilliam’s Roxy theater in Ardmore has fire. February 3, 1943. Fast Forward Note: The theater was rebuilt and renamed Globe theater by a contestant that submitted the name of the English theater where Shakespeare performed.”
In the current Google street view 7 E. Main Street is a freshly graded dirt lot between a parking lot and an old brick building. It looks like the Globe Theatre building was demolished not long before the picture was taken.

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