Washita Theatre

511 Chickahsa Avenue,
Chickasha, OK 73018

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Washita Theatre, Chickasha, OK

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The Washita Theatre opened in 1941 — replacing an original building which was destroyed by fire. Designed by architect Jack Corgan, it featured a round tower structure in the center of the facade which was decorated in bands of red porcelain. It had a seating capacity for 900, in orchestra and balcony levels. The Washita Theatre remained a movie house for the next sixty years, but finally closed in April 2001.

The Chickasha Community Theatre purchased the Washita Theatre in downtown Chickasha, Oklahoma and renovated and restored the theater into a venue for their theater productions. The group had operated since 1994 without a permanent home and the purchase of the once immensely popular movie house fulfilled their dream.

The original artwork remains although it has been covered by burlap to contain sound in the now-twinned theater.

The balcony had been previously enclosed to form a second screen.

The transformation into a legitimate theater was take to nearly two years (back in 2001), although this was a little optimistic, and completion came in late-2009.

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brentclarkf
brentclarkf on December 13, 2004 at 8:40 am

This was a great little theatre. The owners even invented a little history calling it a “rare” stacked twin. Actually, it had an enclosed balcony making it a double screener. As of a few years ago it was in great shape. I saw the “Mummy Returns” there so it hasn’t been closed too long.

Sapphireize
Sapphireize on January 13, 2007 at 12:15 am

I am on the current Board of Directors for Chickasha Community Theatre. We are currently renovating the theater’s facade and plan to begin work on the interior within the next year. I would like to encourage everyone to drive by and see the work that has been done so far. We will be holding fundraisers to raise more money for the interior renovations.

If you would like to make a donation to the Washita Project, you may send them to CCT, P.O. Box 1687, Chickasha, OK 73023.

For more information about CCT, you can visit our website at www.chickashatheatre.org On the website you will find information about upcoming events and membership, as well as links to all the current board members. Feel free to email any of us with questions or comments.

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 30, 2007 at 12:20 am

You will most definitely want to look at these great images. Through vintage photographs the history of the Washita Theatre can be traced. It seems to have begun life as a Gothic opera house seating around 2200. Then in 1935 it received an economy Art Deco atmospheric makeover that was extremely enthusiastic. After the theatre burned on Dec. 27, 1939, it was rebuilt using zesty Southwestern streamline styling that gave the theatre an entire new character.
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DonLewis
DonLewis on May 18, 2008 at 1:07 am

A 1987 view of the Washita Theater in Chickasha here and here open and showing movies.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

The Washita in 1995…
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Drover
Drover on June 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

The sign on the front of the building has been relit, so the completion of the renovation must not be too far off. Last I heard, they were projecting six months.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Both recent and vintage images of the Washita Theatre can be found on this site-
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/280

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