Cyclone Theatre

E Street,
Snyder, OK 73566

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Cyclone Theatre

The Cyclone Theatre is in very poor condition and has clearly been abandoned for quite some time.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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DonLewis
DonLewis on March 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm

A photo of the old Cyclone Theater taken in 1999. (I’m not sure which looks worse, the Cyclone or the old Ford pickup parked in front.)

mghardwick
mghardwick on August 26, 2008 at 3:24 am

I operated the Cyclone Theatre for a couple of years in the mid-to-late 70s. The building was owned by Glen Millirons, who also owned another closed theater in Snyder that was used as a warehouse. Of the two, the “Cyclone” was closer to being operable, so my partner and I leased it and renovated it thoroughly. We decorated the Cyclone with furnishings purchased in an auction of an old Video theatre in Lawton, Ok. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of the Video property in Lawton that was being auctioned, nor do I remember the name of the Cyclone before I leased it. There was a remnant of a vertical neon name board above the marquee with the original name on it.

The struggle to gain acceptance for the Cyclone was substantial because a previous operator had been known to exhibit private films in the balcony. However, with the Chamber of Commerce on our side, we eventually saw the towm embrace the theatre, and business was good for a short while. When playing “Jaws” as a second-run, we had cars from all over Oklahoma lining the streets. We received tremendous support from UA who would work us into an occasional first-run campaign once they felt we were not going to compete with Video. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored free kids movies on Saturday mornings for us as well. Life was good for the Cyclone.

When the ticket sales eventually dried up, as many in the business predicted they would, we passed the business on to an exhibitor that wanted to run Spanish-speaking films. This operator felt there was much demand in that genre. That was the last I heard of the Cyclone Theatre.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

Roadside Oklahoma site post recent photos of the ruined Cyclone Theatre, Snyder, OK
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/645

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

What’s left of the old Cyclone Theatre can be seen in this recent street view.
Snyder had another theatre named Fanroy.
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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

The Cyclone appears on 1930 fire insurance maps, but is not present as a theatre on the 1924 map.

OkieDoug
OkieDoug on August 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

When I was a preteen, living in Indiahoma, about 12 miles east of Snyder, we used to hitchhike to Snyder every Saturday in time for the 1:00 PM matinee and then hang around for the main movie. It was called the Alamo then and showed a lot of double features. I am now 76.

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