Mecca Theater

105 S. Grand Street,
Enid, OK 73701

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Mecca Theater

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This was an African-American theater.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 24, 2005 at 5:15 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook’s 1941 and 1943 editions, it has a seating capacity of 500.

From 1949-1955 it is listed as being a Negro theatre, seating given in 1950 is 534.

seymourcox
seymourcox on January 21, 2007 at 7:10 pm

To see an vintage postcard view of Enid’s Loewen Theatre, go to Archive page, then enter the word Loewen.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 8, 2007 at 6:07 am

View 1940 interior/exterior photos of this commercial style cinema by typing in word “Mecca” -
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 13, 2007 at 4:35 am

Here is a 1950 view of the Loewen Hotel & Theatre after name changed to Oxford. By the time this photo was snapped the theatre (photo) right had obviously closed -
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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on October 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Don’t think it was always a black theater. The book America Goes to the Movies has a picture of the Mecca showing The Story of Alexander Graham Bell starring Don Ameche. A 1939 film.

raybradley
raybradley on March 9, 2011 at 1:22 am

Here is a recent view of Grand and Broadway showing the former Mecca Theatre, now Galaxy Mattress Store. Original facade is completely covered over with sheet metal.
Cherokee Theatre and Royal Theatre are a few doors to the right.
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This link has vintage photos of other Enid Theatres,
including the Mecca being prepared for a sheet metal makeover(third photo down).
http://www.enidbuzz.com/downtownenidvintage.htm

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Looks like roadsideoklahoma was able to take good pictures of the Mecca Theatre before it was covered with a false front
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/364

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on July 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

The address of Mail Run, LLC (current tenant) is: 105 S. Grand. The appearance of the building at 105 S. Grand (uploaded to this site) match the historical photos from the Oklahoma Historical Society archives.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

It looks like two theaters are conflated on this page. The Loewen/Oxford has its own page at Cinema Treasures, and its clear that that theater has been demolished. The Oxford Hotel, including the part which had formerly been the Loewen/Oxford Theatre, was entirely destroyed by a fire in 1978. If the Mecca’s building is still standing, the AKAs Loewen and Oxford don’t belong to it.

Mike Marshall
Mike Marshall on May 26, 2012 at 3:19 am

The Mecca was in business from at least 1926 (earliest reference I could find) until 1950. It was operated by the Shields Theatres from 1946 (possibly earlier) until 1950.

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