Gaslight Theatre

221 N. Independence Avenue,
Enid, OK 73701

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Gaslight Theatre

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Opened in 1923 as the 900-seat Billings Theatre. It was built by William S. Billings and his wife Henrietta, who lived in apartments above the theatre according to the 1933 Enid City Directory. He had previously managed the American Theatre at the American (Loewen) Hotel, a block and a half to the East of the Billings Theatre.

Later renamed Criterion Theatre, it was operated by Publix Theatres from 1930 to 1934, and then the Griffith Amusement Company from 1935 to 1939. Later renamed Chief Theatre and finally in the 1980’s the Cinema Twin.

Today operating as the Gaslight Theatre offering concerts.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2006 at 12:54 am

A Wurlitzer organ Opus #759 was installed in this theatre on 12/31/1923.

seymourcox on October 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Originally known as the Billings Theatre, see a sharp 1940 exterior photo of this Italian Renaissance style cinema when it was known as Chief type in word ‘theatre’, then go search …
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drivein2001 on November 10, 2007 at 12:50 pm

A Nice looking theatre with a LONG History! I have 2 photos on if interested. The direct link is:

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Randy A. Carlisle
Historical Photographer
“Preserving AMERICAs History Thru Photography”

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 1, 2009 at 5:07 pm

A view of the Gaslight when it was the Cinema 1 & 2 from 1987.

seymourcox on August 7, 2009 at 8:39 am

Talk about Hollywood giving a film a politically incorrect title.
That photo was obviously snapped on a cold, snowy day, yet kids still rode their bike to see a movie.

raybradley on July 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

This site has color photos and a brief history of the lovely Gaslight Theatre …

raybradley on March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Here is what the former Cheif Theatre (AKA-Gaslight) looks like now. This theatre has a good size stagehouse!
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raybradley on March 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This link has a June, 1966, newpaper ad for the Chief.

JudithK on January 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I was in this theatre only once, during the period when it was the Chief Theatre. It was an older one, with lots of trim. The sound and sight lines were pretty good; glad to hear it’s still being used as the Gaslight Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2012 at 5:41 am

If the report in the February 9, 1921, issue of The Film Daily is anywhere near accurate, this theater has lost most of its seats:

“Enid, Okla— The new Billings has had its opening date set as Feb. 15. It will cost approximately $200,000, and will seat 1,400.”

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