Westwood Theatre

5956 NW 23rd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

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Westwood Theatre

The Westwood Theatre opened on July 17, 1969 with Suzanne Pleshett in “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium”. It was closed in May 1988. It is now used as a church.

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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Recent photos of the sleek Westwood Cinema can be found on Roadside Oklahoma web.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/485

raybradley
raybradley on March 24, 2011 at 4:43 am

View of the former Westwood Cinema as a church
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CarolaV
CarolaV on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

This theater did not close in 1979 because I saw Out of Africa there and that was in 1985.

grick55
grick55 on April 4, 2013 at 4:27 am

during the 80’s I was in the electronics business, and happened to befriend Ken Williams, who was the Manager/Projectionist of this wonderful theater. I was able to visit the projection room and viewed a number of films there. The Right Stuff, Streets of Fire and Legend(Tom Cruise) come to mind.

Cimarron
Cimarron on February 7, 2014 at 5:37 am

Attended showing of “Tell them Willie Boy was Here” shortly after opening of theatre…think it was late in 1969..It was an impressive movie house.

cinema14ken
cinema14ken on November 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

I was the Manager/Projectionist at this theater the last 8 years it was open. It opened in 1969 and closed in May 1988. Widely considered the best theater in Oklahoma City in it’s day and many big films played here. Excellent technically, equipped for 70mm and all available stereo sound formats. Good times.

kpdennis
kpdennis on November 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm

The Westwood was in my neighborhood, but our family mainly went to drive-ins. Two films I recall seeing there – Out Of Africa and Dragnet (1987). This theatre was so much better than the neighboring MacArthur Park 4.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

This opened on July 17th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

cinemajohn
cinemajohn on June 23, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Hey cinema14ken, I remember you from my days working at Johnson TV & Sound with Rick Gardner. I think it was you who invited us to a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark late one night. (Not a currently showing film at the time.) Of all theatres in the area, that would by my first choice for one to restore and reopen showing repertoire and classic films with the awesome Norelco DP-70s.

cinema14ken
cinema14ken on June 24, 2020 at 3:15 am

Hi John, I remember running Raiders for the guys. We actually had it during one of it’s re-releases at the time. Also remember screening Blue Thunder late one night. When the helicopter flew in the first time all the rocking chair seats in the auditorium were rocking from the subs! Sadly, all the equipment is long gone. Last thing I did for the owners was dismantle the projectors so they could be removed. As I remember they were sold to someone in Colorado.

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