Vaska Theater

1902 NW Ferris Avenue,
Lawton, OK 73507

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

This opened on March 4th, 1948. Grand opening ad in photo section.

raybradley
raybradley on March 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Here is a recent view of the Vaska,
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raybradley
raybradley on July 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

A vintage snapshot of the Vaska Theatre can be viewed on this fine web site
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/421

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm

There are so many mistakes on that website that you could probably get a full time job there fixing them. I posted a photo link to the Spruce Theater in Fraser, Colorado today and that site has it spelled as Frazer. They did spell Spruce correctly. Luckily I’m good in geography. :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm

The name at the top of this page is already correct and that’s all that really matters.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Only the people that want to get it right.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Does anybody really care? LOL

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Did they get the city wrong again?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Here is another 1985 photo.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm

This is a June 1975 ad from the Lawton Constitution. I thought it was appropriate since we had a pretty good one in LA tonight.
http://tinyurl.com/o533pc

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on April 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

No stadium seating, but the seats are comfy and not ripped up. The front wall used to not have a ticket booth or doors. It used to be a solid wall. The only entrance used to be on the 19th St side. There used to be a ton of bike racks out front back in the day (and they were filled too). The corner where it sits was part of a dairy farm. Location was chosen to take advantage of a new gate the post was going to put up.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm

A 1990 view of the Vaska Theater here and here in Lawton.

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 28, 2007 at 11:05 am

To view a period snapshot of this cinema type in word “theatre”,
View link

Trikuro
Trikuro on August 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm

There aren’t very many of these independent theaters left. Does this one have stadium seating?

http://boinko.com

bobbydjones
bobbydjones on August 17, 2007 at 8:26 am

God bless your Dad! I remember walking to the Vaska on those hot Oklahoma days and felt right at home there. There was a very nice lady named Louise McCracken that knew my Mom and she would let me in for free. I have the fondist of memories at the Vaska Theatre.

I will say that in the 60’s and 70’s that was the best theatre in Lawton, Oklahoma. Your Dad had a great theatre and my hats off to him as I do remember some of the renovations he had performed. God bless!

fanvaska
fanvaska on August 15, 2005 at 5:17 am

My dad owned this theater from 1983-2003 and around 1992 he did major renovations to the interior and exterior- mostly cleaning everything and repairing the screen, installing new seats. There’s a 1991 or 1992 newspaper article about the renovations in the Lawton Constitution, the local paper. There are about 200 seats in the auditorium and is still independently owned. I love that theater and spent a lot of time there when I was a little girl. It’s still in great condition and the original sign-column on the roof is still lit every night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 8, 2005 at 3:18 pm

The opening year I found for this theater is 1948. Also I think the address should be 1902 North West Ferris Avenue, zip 73507.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on August 8, 2005 at 3:05 pm

This is not a second run theatre. As of 8/8/2005, the Vaska was playing “Herbie Fully Loaded”, “Bewitched” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, all movies currently playing all the local monsterplexes. Generally the Vaska shows three movies starting with an early showing at 1:oo followed by screenings at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and finishing the day with a 9:30. The Vaska was built in the 1940’s and is in good condition. I have great pictures to post asap.