Dollhouse Cinema

Town Square,
Altus, OK 73521

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Opened in 1920 as the Wigwam Theatre, it later became the Paramount Theatre.

After the upstart The Movies 1 & 2 opened in 1969, Video Independent Theatres (a subsidiary of RKO) remodeled their long shuttered Paramount Theatre downtown, and reopened it under a new name, Dollhouse Cinema.

This was a cute theatre, with a nice size balcony, that was redecorated in typical 1970 styling; new tufted drapes covered auditorium walls, spotlights highlighted heavy stage curtains, fiberglass chairs were more comfortable than original metal seats, and a dropped panel ceiling improved acoustics.

Superior film booking helped the Dollhouse Cinema to be stiff compitition for The Movies 1 & 2. When the twin Movies closed, the Dollhouse’s purpose was fulfilled and followed soon after. It was demolished in early-2011.

Contributed by Myrna Louise, Cactus Jack

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seymourcox
seymourcox on November 22, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Recently I crossed paths with an Altus citizen who said that locals always called this the Dollhouse, but actual formal name was Penthouse Cinema.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on November 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm

This was an adult cinema, wasn’t it?

seymourcox
seymourcox on April 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Research reveals that the Plaza and Dollhouse were not in the same location. The old Paramount was remodeled into the Dollhouse Cinema around 1970.

raybradley
raybradley on May 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

This link has clear vintage exterior/interior images of the RKO Delta -
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raybradley
raybradley on March 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

The recently demolished Dollhouse Cinema sat on the rightside of the five story structure on W. Commerce off Hudson.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Go to link below and type in “altus paramount”. Compare the two buildings on either side of the Paramount Theatre photo, then you will see that the vacant lot seen above is the exact location of the Dollhouse (AKA-Wigwam, Paramount) Cinema.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Oh my God, I made a mistake four years ago … BFD!

raybradley
raybradley on March 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

All I know is what Joe Vogel wrote last month about the Delta Theatre. He says that the Delta burned down in 1954, and was never rebuilt.

theshadow
theshadow on June 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Empty space pictured above was the STATE THEATER, North side of city square. It burned down. The PLAZA is on the West side, The DELTA was on the South side and the RITZ was on the East. The ALTUS DRIVE-IN was just East of the city. i grew up there and worked at the PLAZA and the STATE during the 50s.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

No ads in the newspaper. Must had shown adult movies and the paper had an adult movie ban.

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