Brooks Theatre

116 E. Harrison Avenue,
Guthrie, OK 73044

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Brooks Theatre

The Brooks Opera House was built in 1899. In the panoramic 1910 image in the link below can be seen the side wall and stagehouse of the old Brooks Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Once someone told me that the Brooks Theatre and Royal Hotel shared a common lobby, but that’s all the informarion I have about this theatre. It was demolished in 1967.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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Okie
Okie on May 20, 2006 at 3:22 pm

Every Monday night during the darkest days of The Great Depression the Guthrie Convention Hall would present free second run movies.
Click ePodunk link below to view color postcard of Convention Hall-
http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/v.php?c=614954&e

seymourcox
seymourcox on January 20, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Historical photos of Brooks Opera House, Pollard Theatre, and Highland Theatre can be seen on below links-
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and Hollywood stars at the Pollard-
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raybradley
raybradley on January 28, 2007 at 5:54 am

Brooks Opera House was designed by Joseph Foucart, a renouned architect from Paris, France, who pariticipated in the Great Run of ‘89.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 16, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Brooks Opera House and Muskogee’s Ritz (nee-Hinton) Theatre were so similar in style and design, one can’t help but wonder if both buildings were from J. Foucart’s drawing board.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 25, 2007 at 5:47 pm

The status above says unknown, so i’ll just go ahead and confirm that the building is completely demolished.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 8, 2007 at 10:41 am

Wonderful vintage interior/exterior photos show exactly what this frontier theatre was all about. To see these exciting images type in word ‘Guthrie’ …
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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 8, 2007 at 11:31 am

The Brooks Opera House opened in 1899. Its immediate predecessor in Guthrie was the McKennon Opera House which is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Unfortunately, there are no street addresses for the theatres listed in this Guide. The McKennon had 700 seats and was located on the second floor of its building. Its stage was 26 feet deep and there were 8 members of its house orchestra. The 1897 population of Guthrie was 12,000.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

This site contains a little material on the late Brooks Opera House (AKA Avon);
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/383

raybradley
raybradley on March 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

This is a modern view of the parking lot where the Brooks (AKA-Avon) Theatre once stood,
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Sooner
Sooner on November 12, 2019 at 4:05 am

I recently found a Guthrie Theatre sign for sale and did some research to verify it’s authenticity before purchasing it. There’s a lot of information available on the Oklahoma Historical Society site: https://gateway.okhistory.org/ I’ve posted several images that I discovered.

The sign is indeed authentic. The theater went by several names including the Brooks Theatre, Brooks Opera House, and Guthrie Theatre. The various names appear to have been used interchangeably. I found no mention of it ever being referred to as the Avon Motion Picture Theater, other than the description on the historical marker.

The covered entrance with the Guthrie Theatre sign was not original and was added sometime after 1910 and before 1940 based on photos.

Note the hotel was named the Hotel Royal in 1910 and by 1940 changed to Royal Hotel.

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