Erie Theatre

117 W. Jackson Street,
Hugo, OK 74743

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Erie Theater

Open from 1919-1965 and 1969-1982, the Erie Theatre was the standout movie theatre of all theatres in Hugo, Oklahoma.

Contributed by Lindy Loftin

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kencmcintyre on February 5, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Here are proceedings against one William Weaver, who allegedly torched the Erie in May 1933:

seymourcox on August 26, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Sharp period photos of the Erie exterior and interior leave no dought as to what this theatre looked like before and after the remodel job. To see images type in word “erie” …
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The 1924 map of downtown Hugo to which Okie Medley linked above has been moved Here. You can also fetch any of the other photos in dead rootsweb links by changing the domain in their url from to

missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

Shame on them for covering that original Craftsman exterior with a crappy false front

Lindy on August 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

The Erie actually moved from east Jackson St (the Kirkpatrick bldg) to its permanent location on west Jackson street sometime around 1913/1914. Mr. O. Gill acquired the theatre in 1914 and continued as its owner/operator until the Griffith Amusement Co lease commenced in March of 1933.

_davidb on December 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I was the projectionist for the last film shown in 1965 on the night the steel support beam holding up the marquee collasped.

Lindy on July 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

An interesting legal document re: William Weaver and his accomplices overturning their conviction for the attempted arson of the Erie in 1933. Of course they were guilty as sin!

Lindy on July 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

Burn scars are still visible from the arson attempt in 1933: behind the screen area and under the alternate stairway access to the upper levels, east side of building.

Lindy on October 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Should be shown as 640 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2019 at 12:25 pm

This item is from the October 4, 1919 issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Gill Building a $40,000 House.

“O. Gill, of Hugo, Okla., is constructing a new theatre which will seat 800 persons and cost $40,000. It will be called the Erie Theatre and will take the place of the old Erie Theatre.”

O. Gill is mentioned in quite a few trade journals in the 1910s and 1920s, having been Hugo’s movie theater mogul during the period.

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