Liberty Theater

612 Flynn Street,
Alva, OK 73717

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Movietone Theater, Alva, OK

The New Opera House opened as a silent movie theatre in 1907. It was equipped with Vitaphone sound-on-disc on June 7, 1929. The theatre burned in 1933. Repairs were carried out and the Liberty Theater was still operating in 1943. It had closed by 1950.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb, Ken McIntyre

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jchapman1 on June 8, 2007 at 6:40 pm

The Movietone was another incarnation of the old 1907 Alva Opera House, which underwent several name changes during its long run.
To see a vintage image of the Movietone click below, type in word “theatre”, then hit enter -
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seymourcox on July 22, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Local theatre 101 historians claim this was a Warner Bros/Vitaphone disk sound house. Since the name was Movietone (NOT Viataphone) it obviousely would have had the Fox sound on film system.
1907 color picture postcard view…
Contemporary shot…
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Alva theatre history…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2009 at 7:25 pm

The marquee in the historic photo says “Vitaphone” on left end and “Movietone” on the front. The house was obviously equipped for both of these competing systems, as was not unusual at the time. It’s probable that neither Vitaphone nor Movietone was actually the name of the theater. The name Liberty might have been on the rooftop, out of the camera’s range in this photo.

In any case, this theater already has a Cinema Treasures page under the name Liberty Theatre. The same photo of it here is identified as the Liberty Theatre.

raybradley on March 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

1910 Alva Opera House murder details;
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Cimarron on May 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Photo of theater uploaded, showing Wagon Master.

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