RKO Palace Theater

320 W. Sheridan Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Cimarron
Cimarron on March 5, 2014 at 3:11 am

Early pic of Metropolitan added to Photo Section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on January 21, 2014 at 5:11 am

1911 Pic added to Photo Section of the original Metropolitan Theater prior to becoming RKO Palace.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2014 at 9:03 pm

The RKO Palace was actually at 320 W. Sheridan Avenue (which was called Grand Avenue when the house opened.) The number 322 can be seen on the door to the upstairs offices at right in the 1911 photo missmelbatoast linked to.

Though the Metropolitan began presenting vaudeville at the end of March, 1909, the house had opened on January 28 with a stock company. The January 29 issue of Oklahoma State Labor News published an item about the opening.

The February 21, 1909, issue of the Oklahoma City Daily Pointer featured a large ad for the Metropolitan Theatre with, just below it, a photo of the Metropolitan Stock Company’s leading man, Hayden Stevenson.

Given the later troubles the theater had with labor organizations (in 1929, when it was theonly non-union theater in Oklahoma City, it was damaged by a bomb during a dispute with the projectionists and stage hands unions) this item from the October 29, 1910, issue of The Oklahoma Labor Unit is a bit ironic. It recommends a play called Lost Paradise to union members, noting that the producers, the North Brothers Stock Company, had made a sizable contribution to the Labor Temple fund. “The Metropolitan is fair to union labor,” it said, “and for this reason has always been liberally patronized by union people….”

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on May 1, 2011 at 4:38 am

1911 photo when this theatre was still known as Metropolitan,
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raybradley
raybradley on March 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Modern civilization was quickly taking over OKC’s old west look. To see a 1913 view of the Metropolitan Theatre and roof sign on Grand Ave. off Harvey St. (photo ID mistakingly listed this view as Main St) go to this link and type in “miller bros department store"
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

That is a nice shot Cosmic.

raybradley
raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

This antique color picture postcard (when this house was still known as Metropolitan) comes courtesy of Doug Loudenback and his fantastic link. On either side of the theatre remained traces of the old west.
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seymourcox
seymourcox on May 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Nice view of Lady Liberty atop the Met in that 1912 picutre!

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on May 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Here is a 1912 (photo right) shot of when this theatre was still known as Metropolitan -
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on November 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Postcard colour views of the Palace Theater can be seen on this fine site;
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jchapman1
jchapman1 on April 30, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Don’t let the above 1930 photo mislead you, old time theatre folk tell that this theatre was always kept in first class condition.
To read the history and see a wonderful color postcard view (plate #34) of the new Metropolitan Theatre go to your local library and check out the fun coffee table book “THE VANISHED SPLENDOR – Postcard Views of Early Oklahoma City”, by Jim Edwards & Hal Ottaway

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 31, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Ninety-eight years ago today, March 31, 1909, Grand Opening ceremonies were held for Oklahoma City’s new Metropolitan Theatre. Seven big acts of Orpheum Circut Vaudeville filled the bill.
http://www.newsok.com/theoklahoman/rchives