E. Sheridan Avenue at Gaylord Boulevard,
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Located on East Grand Avenue (renamed Sheridan Avenue in the 1930’s) at the corner of Gaylord Boulevard. On April 2, 1890, Ed Overholser installed a second floor opera house, located above a general merchandise store, to present grand opera, vaudeville, and medicine shows. The Overholser Opera House was Oklahoma City’s first theatre, if you don’t count the bawdy shows presented on saloon stages.
This was a primitive theatre where cotton curtains were added to the stage purely for decorative reasons, as actors had to enter and exit down the single center aisle in plain view of the audience. Once early ‘flickers’ came along, they too were thrown onto the bill strictly as a novelty.
In 1903, Mr. Overholser built an opulent 2,200-seat (second) Overholser Opera House three blocks west on Sheridan Avenue. In the fall of 1910, the (1st) Overholser Opera House reverted back to live stage shows and motion pictures and was renamed Novelty Theatre. This was a short lived venture which had closed by 1911.
The building found a new use as a lodge hall, then a pool hall. The building was razed in 1972.
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