Broncho Theatre

1 S. Broadway,
Edmond, OK 73034

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Broncho Theatre

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Edmond’s Broncho Theatre was named after the bucking mascot of Oklahoma Central University. It was opened on January 10, 1936. Both the exterior and interior of this clean little cinema utilized bold neon lighting to achieve colorful effects.

Oddly enough there was a hospital located above the auditorium. How much rest could those patients get when noisy musicals were shown?

In its later years of operation it was known as the Academy Theatre and closed in the 1970’s.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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Okie
Okie on July 8, 2006 at 8:37 am

To clear up correct picture pages, here is a list;
Page 12-concession stand image,
page 15-exterior shots, and
page 17-boxoffice view

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on April 14, 2007 at 4:06 pm

As for the Broncho mis-spelling, I was told that the wife of one of the early presidents the Territorial Normal School/Central State/UCO came up with the mascot and spelled the name of the animal incorrectly. Apparantly it stuck.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on April 14, 2007 at 4:07 pm

The Broncho Theatre and Gem Theatre were two separate theaters. The Gem was located at two different places on Broadway over its lifespan.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on April 14, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Some additional information:
The theater, opened on Jan 10, 1936, was located at 1 S. Broadway (Main & Broadway) on the former location of the Joyland Theatre Airdome. It advertised carpeted aisles, draperies, restrooms and two projection booths with synchronized sound.
The theater was built by W.Z. Willie Spearman who operated it until it was taken over by his son. The younger Spearman operated the theater until he sold it to R.R. McCoy. The theater operated on and off until the 1970s.
The hospital was opened on the second floor on February 2, 1947.

raybradley
raybradley on July 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

On this site it is listed as the Acadamy Theatre. Included are clear vintage photos, recent snapshots, and a brief history …
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/338

Zenophobix
Zenophobix on March 12, 2013 at 5:33 am

I’m on a personal quest to find photos of the auditorium, lobby, booth and exterior of The Broncho, other than the ones mentioned above and the one I just added to this site. I’ve had no luck with the members of the Spearman family that I know. If anybody visiting this site has a lead on any, I’ll be very grateful.

Zenophobix
Zenophobix on March 12, 2013 at 5:34 am

My above request also applies to the later years, when it was known as The Academy."

Zenophobix
Zenophobix on March 1, 2014 at 4:10 am

Raybradley, That site no longer has any photos at all. They refer you back here. Were the photos the same few that are in the Max Chambers library? It was only the Academy for a short while before it closed. The type of photos I am searching for are ones that show the entire lobby (or at least just more than the concession stand)or the screen/curtains/auditorium.

Zenophobix
Zenophobix on March 1, 2014 at 4:15 am

Lauren, “broncho” isn’t a mispelling. It is a less common, but legitimate, alternate spelling. In fact, there is another “Broncho Theatre” in Indiana or Illinois.

Zenophobix
Zenophobix on March 1, 2014 at 4:17 am

Okie, where did you get the information about the lobby? That is very interesting. Do you other interesting things about the Broncho?

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