Washita Theatre

511 Chickahsa Avenue,
Chickasha, OK 73018

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Washita Theatre, Chickasha OK 1995

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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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DonLewis
DonLewis on May 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm

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

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

The Washita in 1995…
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Here is another 1985 photo.

Drover
Drover on June 9, 2009 at 5:29 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Another 2009 photo is here.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The transformation of an old “opera house” to ultra-modern cinema was described in this 1941 trade article: boxofficemagazine

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