Chieftain Theatre

3450 SW 29th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73119

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Chieftain Theatre

The Chieftain Theatre opened on August 30, 1951. It was located in the Woodson Park neighborhood on SW 29th Street at S. Stults Avenue.

After many years operating as an adult movie theatre it was closed in 1987.

Contributed by Chuck

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rivest266 on October 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

This theatre opened on August 30th, 1951

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Boxoffice Magazine’s reports of the seating capacity of the Chieftain differ. The December 22, 1951, issue said that it seated “about 730,” while the December 29 issue gave the figure as 750.

According to the April 25, 1966, issue of Boxoffice, Barton Theatres operated the Chieftain until that year, when all 18 of its houses were leased to a newly-formed company called Greater Oklahoma City Amusements, headed by Chicago exhibitor Lewis L. Ingram.

The September 9, 1974, issue of Boxoffice says that the Chieftain was being taken over by Okemah Shanbour. By 1975,it was being operated by Eldon Claybourne Christian, the one who was arrested for showing the movie “Sexual Customs in Scandinavia.”

I’ve been unable to find out when the house was twinned. The last mention of the Chieftain in Boxoffice is from 1976.

seymourcox on May 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I’m certain the Chieftain Cinema was not a twin when I went there during the winter of ‘77. Just a guess, but probably adjoining retail footage was converted into another auditorium, rather than twiining the original cinema.

seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Seen here are typical examples of a vintage beefcake films;

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

What lousy marquee for a theatre,about the worse i ever saw.Surprized it ever did business.Surely, they put something up better.

seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Photos can’t seem to capture what the structure actually looked like. In real life it was quite a nice cinema. There was a much larger streetside marquee located on the corner intersection.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for the info,seymour cox,gotta admit that marquee on the picture looks sad.

seymourcox on January 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Very sad, and shabby!

rivest266 on April 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

August 30th, 1951 grand opening ad in photo section.

whorton on November 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

It would be so nice if someone could come along and delete the long dead links to roadsideoklahoma, and other nonsensical isolated comments.

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