May Theatre

1515 N. May Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

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May Theater, Oklahoma City, OK  1994

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Built for Griffith Theatres, the May Theatre was open as early as 1941 from what I found. It was located on North May Avenue just east of NW 14th Street. Seating was provided for 950, all on a single floor.

The May Theatre closed in 1989.

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Cimarron
Cimarron on February 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

In the early 50’s, popcorn and pop all over me and my brother at the May Theatre….

We were kids watching a western with a box of pop corn and pop when a loud “BANG” with a flash of light coming only 3 rows of seats in front of us startled us so much that we jumped straight up, pop corn and pop flying all over us….One of two individuals who were planning on a hold up accidently shot himself in the leg while showing the other his revolver…

The wounded fellow was carried to the lobby and laid out on a couch while his buddy ran off down May Av.

The movie was resumed shortly there after and we went back to our seats some what wet!

It was a great Saturday kids movie theatre in the 50’s and later as an adult, I saw the movie “The Graduate” in the same theatre which was upgraded from grade B movies to first run hits.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 3:39 am

The May as an antique mall in 1994:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Photos of the May and three other Corgan-designed theaters appeared in Boxoffice of December 6, 1947. The other houses featured in the article are the Agnew, Oklahoma City; the Boomer, Norman; and the Plains, Rosswell, New Mexico.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

This site has vintage interior/exterior photos of the May Theatre. Modern shots show a now rundown May residing in a very run down neighborhood,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/527

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The Boxoffice magazine story from December 6, 1947:

http://www.boxofficemagazine.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1947-12-6&page_no=141#page_start

whorton
whorton on July 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Just for the record, the May theatre had been purchased by George Shanbour (former owner, Tower theatre, and Winchester DI).

The twinning and rehabbing of the theatre was completed by George Onyschczak, who was the projectionist at the Winchester until his death. The current projectionist as of 2012, is Jon Johns, George’s son.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on September 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

In May 2012, the theatre appeared to be in use as a church — my photo

NeonSky
NeonSky on March 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I saw THE WARRIORS there in ‘79 in its run-down heyday.

grick55
grick55 on April 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

saw the Graduate there

vonerator
vonerator on November 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Every Saturday in the mid sixties, they would have horror movies and science fiction movies. All theaters in town would run these movies and it was a challange to see who’s mom would take us and who’s mom would pick up. I remember seeing “Macabra” I think it was a Castle film, at the May and being so scared I was watching it from behind the curtains separating the lobby from the theatre. I felt better after purchasing a grape “Winner” sucker and finding the winner sticker stuck to the backside of the sucker affording me a free sucker!

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