Video Triple Theater

1022 NW 38th Street,
Lawton, OK 73505

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Rodney
Rodney on August 28, 2007 at 12:04 am

This Nov 102, 1980, picture tell its own story. Type in words “video three theatre” to see image -
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acomms
acomms on August 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I will post what I know. I am the Grandson to Thomas Griffing. He and his brother owned Video Independent Theatres (VIT) They had built and operated over 100 Theatres. They also owned Vumore that was under VIT’s control. This is all before RKO came into the picture. Vumore was a cable company and attempted to run the first pay per view in Bartlesdale Ok. over cable for first run movies. Henry his wife and 2 grown kids died in a plane crash in 1961 flying from NY to Oklahoma. After this Thomas sold Vumore to RKO as they were getting into the cable industry. The name actually changed from Vumore to Cablecom in the late 60’s early 70’s. My Grandfather died in the early 70’s but my uncle James continued to operate theaters for many years. If you search Vumore or Henry/Tom Griffing alot of information comes up on theaters. Tom also owned Griffing Theaters and Griffing Construction which built theaters. Thanks

chrisam
chrisam on December 24, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Attention acomms. Hello and Happy Holidays! I researched VIT for a university course a couple years ago and was not able to find very many primary resources. I finished the paper (made a B+) and went on to complete a degree, but I want to write more on the subject and would like to get in touch with you. Please contact me here or at

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on April 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Looks like it was demolished for a Kmart.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 6:41 am

This is a November 1972 ad from the Lawton Constitution. They only mention two screens.
http://tinyurl.com/rbg495

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 6:58 am

Here is a June 1975 ad from the same source. It was still a twin then.
http://tinyurl.com/o6ky6f

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

It was a twin when in the planning stage, according to an article in Boxoffice Magazine, May 24, 1971. The lower auditorium was to have 800 seats and the upper 300 seats.

The February 21, 1972, Boxoffice said that construction was underway on the Video 1 and Video 2, twin indoor theaters in Lawton, and the new house was expected to be opened by late June.

Another Boxoffice item, from March 11, 1974, doesn’t mention this theater by name, but says that Video Independent had acquired the Showcase Cinema I & II in Lawton, giving them two twin operations in that town.

RevJones
RevJones on April 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

the bottom floor was originally a 70 mm or cinemascope screen. When this format went by the wayside, the bottom floor was made into two auditoriums. This is now a plumbing supply store.

raybradley
raybradley on July 15, 2010 at 4:37 am

On this site a blurred snapshot of the Video Triple Cinema can be seen
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/420

rivest266
rivest266 on March 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

This opened on July 14th, 1972 as a twin cinema. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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