Chief Theatre

107 S. Main Street,
Eufaula, OK 74432

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1940 Pontiacs on delivery truck in front of Chief Theatre. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress via Shorpy FB page.

The Chief Theatre was opened November 16, 1937.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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raybradley on November 25, 2006 at 8:07 am

In 1972 I was in Eufaula to photograph the closed down Chief Theatre. On the street out front of the old theatre I met a teenage cowboy by the name of Marshall Pruett who told me how the Chief Theatre had been very noisy during Saturday matinees. Seems that ranchers and their families would come to town to shop on Saturday morning, then attend an afternoon picture. Men would sit on back rows to argue politics. Wives sat in side sections to exchange recipes and news. Kids were down front screaming and yelling.
At that time, Marshall thought the old theatre had closed sometime in the mid 1960’s.

seymourcox on November 25, 2006 at 10:59 am

Cosmic, why don’t you post your 1972 photos?

raybradley on November 25, 2006 at 11:34 am

Those old instant snapshots crumbled to dust long ago.
I was in my mid teens back then, and my actual intention was to ride my new motorcycle from Tulsa down to McIntosh County to take Poloroid Land pictures of Mr. Ed, the tan palomino of TV fame, who had been retired to a nearby ranch.
When I got there the ranch forman gruffly informed me that due to pesky curiousity seekers Mr. Ed had been moved to a secret location where he could graze undisturbed. So, I headed over to Eufaula’s Main Street to see what was happening. There I took minute pictures of the old Chief Theatre, and some cowboys hanging out on a street corner.
Mr. Ed died in sleep a few years later, it was then disclosed that he had spent his final years in peaceful bliss on a horse ranch in Cleveland County, OK.

jessiearcher on December 2, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Belle Starr the infamous bandit queen is buried near Eufaula.

kencmcintyre on September 21, 2007 at 8:19 pm

That was Bart Starr’s wife, wasn’t it?

Rodney on September 28, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Click title to see Belle Starr image,
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Floyd66 on March 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I am doing some research on The Palace Movie Theater that was in Eufaula, OK. I am trying to find some of the old monthly calendars that the theater would put out. It would have what was playing for that month. I would like to find the months of June, July, August, for the years, 1960, 1961, 1962. I would like to find any old pictures or even movie posters or handbills for this theater. I can be reached at the following email address. If you have anything like this that you would be willing to sell, I would be interested in talking with you. Floyd Cleghorn

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on September 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

From looking at the historic photo in the first post, I believe the reddish building that is 4 storefronts south of Foley Street on the east side of Main is the Chief. It looks like the unique corner building with the window box has been demolished. Any opinions?

Google Street View of the suggested location:

raybradley on March 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

You’re right, roadsideok. The building top has been lowered but that is the Chief Theatre. To see clear vintage shots of this theatre go to link below, and under match all words type “junk drive benefit”,
(Its slow)
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davidplomin on November 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Looks like the Palace Theater is just four doors down on the left of this picture! Must of been a decent sized town to support two theaters so close to each other and its Main St that ends after two blocks!

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