Joy Theatre

219 W. Reno Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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I could not find a time line for the Joy Theatre as to opening but it was another theatre located on West Reno Avenue operating in the 40’s. I did find info that it closed in the late 40’s and has since been demolished. Maybe some of the Oklahoma City members can fill in the blanks for the Joy.

Contributed by Chuck

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Okie
Okie on March 26, 2006 at 7:40 am

Sorry! Try this address instead-
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xxx
xxx on May 7, 2006 at 9:51 am

Research has revealed that the Joy Burlesque Theatre usually presented “stag” films between their four-a-day strip shows.

Also see these burlesque web pages 7 links-
http://www.burlesquehistory.com/index.html

raubre
raubre on May 7, 2006 at 10:12 am

I don’t think the link Okie provided is working.

xxx
xxx on May 7, 2006 at 12:54 pm

Rick:
Use this web address to see a 1930’s photo of the PIX-
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seymourcox
seymourcox on February 18, 2007 at 6:18 am

OKC’s Joy Burlesque Theatre strip queens were usually accompanied by only a three piece band consisting of drums, piano, and sax. On special occasions when a big name burlesque star was featured the Joy would enlarge its pit orchestra.
Hear samples of classic bump-n-grind burlesque tunes on below link;
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Rodney
Rodney on October 30, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Hear an actual Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque routine -
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as presented on this site -
http://www.unicornmeat.com/

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 10, 2007 at 10:12 am

This snazzy album plays peppy burlesque tunes …
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

The Joy Theater is listed in 1940 with 400 seats.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

Besides stage films, the Joy also screened burlesque clips between live strip shows. Example;
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

This montage of bouncy burlesque queens illustrates the type of struo routine performed live upon the Joy runway-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

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