O.K. Theatre

NW First Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Opened around 1905 to showcase one reel moving pictures, the O.K. Theatre was located downtown Oklahoma City in the 100 block of West First Street.

Not even two years had passed before the West First Street O.K. Theatre packed everything up and moved (to a better location?) three blocks South down on California Street. Seems nickel tickets didn’t sell much better in that neighborhood either, because within one year the California Street O.K. Theatre had faded away.

I’ve seen antique picture postcards of both O.K. Theatres. They were typical nickelodeons of that early day period; gaudy facades, stud light signs, set back entry doors and box-office, with numerous display posters of current photoplays.

Surely a decent guess at auditorium capacity would have been around two hundred seats, give or take a few chairs.

Contributed by Myrna Louise Gaylady

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raybradley
raybradley on November 20, 2006 at 1:06 am

Also see OK Theatre

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 31, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Myrna:
Back newspaper issues reveal that you may have gotten your facts a bit backwards. An O.K. Theatre, 220 W. California Ave., ran ads as early as March, 1903. It seems to have been in business several years. Perhaps the O.K. later moved “up” to First Street from California.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 31, 2007 at 8:04 pm

NW 1st Street now maps as Park Avenue.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I guess it was an O.K. theatre.

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