Jewel Theater

321 E. Main Street,
Ardmore, OK 73401

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 2:16 pm

Listed in Film Daily Yearbooks 1940- 1955 as being a Negro theatre.

lrostochil on January 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

Percy James, and African-American businessman, built four Jewel theaters (named after his daughter) in Ardmore, Wewoka, OKC, and Amarillo.

The one in OKC is closed but still standing. I don’t know about the rest of them.

missmelbatoast on March 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Following information comes courtesy of Joe Vogel;
The Oklahoma City column of Boxoffice, September 17, 1938, says this: “…a Negro house, the Jewel, 400 seater at Ardmore, being opened by P. H. James who also operates the new Jewel, Negro house, here….” That’s the earliest mention of James or the Jewel I’ve found in Boxoffice.
A brief notice of the death of P. H. James appeared in the Oklahoma City column of Boxoffice, November 15, 1965: “P. H. James, former operator of the Jewell Theatres here and in Ardmore, died in a nursing home. He also had owned and operated the Jay-Kola Bottling Co. Survivors include the wife, two daughters, two sons, a brother and one sister.”

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