Empress Theatre

111 W. Main Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Empress Theatre, Oklahoma City, 1923

The Empress Theatre opened in the early 1900’s. It was located on West Main Street east of North Robinson Avenue.

I could not find a firm closing date but the 1943 Film Daily Yearbook shows it open, but it had gone from listings by 1950. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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seymourcox on August 26, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Even during the early years of the last century merchant sign space caused congestion. To look at a really good Empress Theatre period photo type in word “empress”, then search …
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Rodney on April 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Instead of selling the Wurlitzer piecemeal, Paramount donated the organ to a small church located on either NW 11th or NW 12th, East of Pennsylvania Ave, this fine instrument is still there to this very day.
Look on this site for vintage shots of the Empress Theatre;
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missmelbatoast on November 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Architect George F. Schrieber designed the Empress Theatre.

hanksykes on November 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Probably part of the Sullivan&Considine chain of vaudeville theaters as all their venues were called Empress Theaters nationwide.

seymourcox on May 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm

In 1956 this parking garage was constructed on the former Empress site,
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raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

From Doug Loedenback’s link comes these 11-26-1911 and 12-4-1911 newspaper notices,
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plus a photo,
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raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Here are postcard views of the Criterion, Empress, and Olympic, from the book Vanished Splendor II.
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missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

In this 1920 image the Empress Theatre can be seen on the right, and the Criterion Theatre is photo left.
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Cimarron on March 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

1923 Pic of Empress Theatre, Oklahoma City, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Empress Theatre, 1926 Pic added to Photo Section.

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