AcademiX Cinema

17 N. Harvey Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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DougLoudenback
DougLoudenback on December 29, 2008 at 11:06 am

Off topic, but, Oklahomo Cowboy, I cannot begin to understand how connection to my stuff (http://dougdawg.blogspot.com) would be faster using dial-up since most of my articles are so graphics-intense. Are you sure about that … I’m wondering if it was a one-time blip or something.

Thanks,
Doug

raybradley
raybradley on August 10, 2007 at 8:22 am

Advertisements in old issues of City Key Magazine show this cinema went under the name X-cite during its last couple of years in business.

Rodney
Rodney on July 7, 2007 at 9:41 am

Architectural color drawings and a history of the (doomed) urban renewal project can be found here. For some odd reason the below site works best using dial up connection;
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seymourcox
seymourcox on December 7, 2006 at 3:09 pm

AcademiX was a reverse cinema, meaning; from the lobby one entered the 150 seat auditorium from either side of the movie screen, and faced the projection booth. Restrooms were located beneath the booth, and rear emergency exit (alarmed) doors were located here.
Could they have come up with a more imbecilic theatre name?

raybradley
raybradley on November 12, 2006 at 6:56 am

Forty years ago local and Federal agencies combined forces to conceive a colossal urban renewal project that was intended to transform Oklahoma City’s aging downtown area into the nations showcase retail and luxury condominium district. Famed architect I.M. Pie was commissioned to create utopian plans for an extravagant, futuristic, enclosed downtown mall.
A high rise Sheraton Hotel, the Myriad Convention Center, and a couple of urbane skyscrapers were erected before it was soon realized that this was a prohibitively expensive scheme.
Unfortunately four priceless movie palaces and nine smaller theatres (along with other gorgeous structures) were razed to make way for a project that could have never been fullfilled. A sad loss.

raybradley
raybradley on November 8, 2006 at 3:22 pm

Another victim of urban renewal, the entire block where the storefront AcademiX stood was razed to make way for an office complex that was never built. Today this area is a parking lot.
OKC porn theatres were sometimes harassed by law enforcement. However, during the first half of the last century burlesque stage shows were seldom raided, no matter how raunchy the act.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on November 8, 2006 at 8:14 am

Or to add on the above comment: Sounds to me that they had to move locations because of being raided perhaps. (Being a Bible Best state, this would not suprise me in the least.) Get raided & forced to shut up shop, then move to a new location until it happens again.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on November 7, 2006 at 6:58 am

Girls, girls, you’re both pretty. So does anyone have any actual info on this theater?

mikemorano
mikemorano on November 7, 2006 at 6:56 am

The only one that rants and raves on this website is you fella. You pretend to have superior knowledge of theatres. The reality is; you have nothing. I have never heard of the Falcon Gay Guides. Perhaps I could borrow your copy to acquaint myself with it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 7, 2006 at 6:20 am

“mikemovie”’s “knowledge” of theatres seems limited to those that he probably found listed in the Falcon Gay Guides. If he knows so much about this venue, I suggest that he provide Cinema Treasures with the seating capacity, architect, and style, instead of his usuual ranting and raving.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 7, 2006 at 5:23 am

“mikemovies,” even though I do have a “superior knowledge” of theatres, there may have been as many as 30,000 cinemas just in the USA alone, so there had to be some that escaped my notice. My question is not unreasonable, since Academy was a popular name for theatres, and there might well have been at least one in Oklahoma City at some time or another.

mikemorano
mikemorano on November 7, 2006 at 4:30 am

Very illuminating fella. haha Perhaps your superior knowledge of theatres that you claim to have should have told you this was a short lived adult theatre opening in 1972 and being demolished in 1977.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 7, 2006 at 3:42 am

Was it a purpose-built theatre or just a conversion of a commercial building? If it was an actual theatre, it might have been a mainstream cinema before turning “adult,” in which case it could have had a longer history than the limited information suggests.