RKO Palace Theater
310 W. Sheridan Avenue,
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In 1909 Keith-Albee opened Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Theater to showcase Orpheum vaudeville and touring stock.
Pre-opening news announcements mentioned that the Metropolitan Theater was in Federal (Colonial) Revival Style, designed by architect and producer Frank William Sanger, and went on to say that Sanger had also had the Empire Theatre and Broadway Theatre in New York City’s Times Square district.
By 1920 the name had changed to Palace Theater. In the late-1920’s the bill changed to combo talkies/vaudeville, with an updated name of RKO Palace Theater.
Union stage labor conflicts forced RKO to “temporarily” shut down the Palace Theater in late-1937. It never reopened.
At the link below can be found a circa-1930 snapshot of Oklahoma City’s Palace Theater.
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