Dixie Theatre

120 W. Duke Street,
Hugo, OK 74743

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Originally independently owned and operated but sold to the Oklahoma City based Video Independent Theatres, Inc., owner and operator of three other theatres (the Erie, the Ritz, and the Circus Drive-In) in Hugo at that time.

The Dixie was a 1950s entity, opening and closing in that decade. The building that housed the Dixie was destroyed by fire in 1990.

Contributed by Lindy Loftin

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 18, 2006 at 2:06 am

Listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 450.

Okie
Okie on July 19, 2006 at 2:35 pm

Presented below are snapshots of Hugo’s Dixie Theatre …
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raybradley
raybradley on July 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm

One fascinating fact is that Hugo used to be called Cicus City, U.S.A., because it was headquarters to five different circuses.
This interesting site tells about Showmens Rest, a cemetery for circus performers –
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10433

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

There was a nickelodeon in Hugo called the Dixie, opened in 1909 by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fickensher. There was an article about the Fickenshers in the June 30, 1956, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, which said they sold the Dixie in 1910 and moved to Frederick, Oklahoma, to operate the Gem and Airdome theaters.

This is a photo of the Dixie taken long after it had closed (the same as one of the photos in the now-dead link posted by Okie Medley above.)

I’m not sure if this nickelodeon was the same theater mentioned in the October 6, 1946, issue of Boxoffice which said: “C.L. Walker and L. McMillan are opening the Dixie Theatre at Hugo on November 17. This will be a second-run house and will seat about 500 persons.” The building in the photo doesn’t look big enough to have held 500 seats (though the figure might be a Boxoffice exaggeration) nor does it look as though it had been remodeled in the 1940s, as it probably would have been had it been reopened then. I’d guess there were two Dixie theaters in Hugo, and the photo depicts the silent era house.

Lindy
Lindy on August 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm

I have seen a photo from about 1915 of a theatre on Broadway street (not the Ritz) which had been ravaged by fire. It could be the early Dixie. It is not on the 1924 map of downtown Hugo and the listing for 1935 really does not make sense.

The Dixie in the photo linked is the Dixie Theatre listed in 1950. The theatre is the structure in the far right portion of the photo, the marquee and boxoffice had long been removed. It looks as though this photo was taken in the 1980s, shortly before all three buildings in the photo were destroyed by fire.

I first saw the interior of the Dixie in 1969. The seats had been removed in the 1950s and based on the floor space I viewed, 450 is an exaggeration, not to mention 500.

Lindy
Lindy on January 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The elevated brick stucture visible in the Google photo above is the water evaporation cooling tower of the Erie Theatre. The cinder block patchwork barely visible is the former location of the air intake fans.

The painted sidewalk in the foreground of the photo is where the front of the Dixie was located.

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