Academy X Cinema

112 W. Main Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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The Olympic Theatre opened in November 1908. It was renamed Stand Theatre from May 19, 1915, as a five cent cinema, but on rare occasions management would add to the program a vaudeville act or two.

On October 28, 1917, the Strand Theatre changed directions when it switched over to the staging of Grand Opera, at substantially higher prices. By March, 1918, the Strand Theatre had gone back to showing motion pictures, and remained a twenty cents a seat movie theatre until it closed in February 1920. During sweltering summer months the Strand Theatre advertisements had stressed that the interior provided mechanically chilled air, “cool breezes bathe your body in pure comfort”.

From 1920 until 1967, the building was used as retail space. At that time, it was reopened as the Academy X Cinema.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb, Royce

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on November 8, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Under the posting for AcademiX Cinema, it is stated that this closed in 1972. If indeed it started showing “adult movies” in 1967, then these were likely what one calls “sexploitation” (this would be more like Russ Meyer films or the stuff that Something Weird Video puts out) or “loops” (“Loops” started playing at some adult movie houses as early as 1967 in the San Francisco & New York areas, they were more explicit and pretty much disappeared as films like “Deep Throat” came out.)

What I wonder is why this theater was shuttered? Did they turn to showing XXX product & got raided? (Being that this is a Bible Belt state, that seems likely.)

raybradley
raybradley on November 8, 2006 at 11:09 pm

The entire block where this theatre sat (along with the Criterion, State, Rialto, Sooner, Majestic, and former Empire) were razed in 1972 to make way for a high rise Sheraton Hotel.
Films shown at the Academy X and Sooner were loops, more explicit than sexploitation. The Majestic specialized in booking documentary films centered around nudist colonies, or 3D sexploitation movies.
As early as 1943 other OKC downtown theatres, such as the Gem and Joy, presented T&A “adults only” films, though content would be considered soft core by todays standards.

ButchHart
ButchHart on December 3, 2006 at 3:54 pm

An April 12, 1968, newspaper article reported that the old Mondo Adult Theatre would be renamed Academy Adult Mini Cinema located at 114 W. Mian St. It says seating capacity has been reduced to 150 for better comfort.

seymourcox
seymourcox on February 17, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Type in word “Criterion” on below site and it will pull up a 1929 photo of that movie palace. Building next to the Criterion, photo left, was the former Olympic Theatre, by that time the space was being used as a cafe.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 31, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Newspaper research uncover facts about the checkered past of the Olympic Theatre. Grand opening occured November 10, 1908, featuring “Talking~Moving~Pictures”. Later The Olympic specialized in films produced by Humana Talking Pictures of NYC.
It was closed in mid 1919, just before United Artist started next door construction on their giant Criterion Theatre (Paramount had conrol by the time the Criterion opened). Reopened early 1967 as the Mondo Adult Theatre, a loop house. In April, 1968, it was renamed Academy X Cinema. Razed February, 1972

jchapman1
jchapman1 on April 7, 2007 at 11:22 pm

In reference to above comments, almost all OKC downtown theatres, and other fine buildings, were torn down for a dream city that was never to be. This tells all -
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seymourcox
seymourcox on February 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

In this 1929 photo, the former Olympia Theatre can be seen left of the Criterion Theatre. At that time is was being used as the Dainty Lunch Counter, with the slogan “All our cooks are mothers”.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 24, 2011 at 4:55 am

This site has info on the Academy XXX Cinema when it was still known as the Olympic
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/1837

raybradley
raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

From the book Vanished Splendor II and Doug Loudenback’s fine web site come these antique postcard images of the Criterion, Empress, and Olympic (AKA-Mondo, Academy XXX),
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raybradley
raybradley on March 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

A 1907 tinted postcard view (photo left) of the Olympic Theatre (AKA-Mondo Adult, Acadamy X) can be seen by typing in “oklahoma city view looking west #136"
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Also, the Empire Theatre is in distant left, Empress Theatre is distant right.

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