Campus Theatre

230 S. Knoblock Street,
Stillwater, OK 74074

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Campus Theater, Stillwater, OK

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Since the little Campus Theatre had a stagehouse it could safely be assumed this cinema dated way back to vaudeville days. In 1937, the Campus Theatre was redesigned in an Art Moderne style and was a fabulous example of 1940’s Modernist.

After closing it was used as a bar. I has since been demolished.

Contributed by Alumni Joe

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

raybradley on September 1, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Actually the Campus Theatre design could be classified as International Moderne. It reminds me of a Worlds Fair pavilion!
Wonder if a prof from the School of Architecture created this little masterpiece?

kpdennis on May 5, 2009 at 1:27 am

The Campus is still a striking presence on the campus corner area of Stillwater – here it is in 2000:
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seymourcox on July 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm

This 1951 quality view of the Campus Theatre comes courtesy of LIFE,
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seymourcox on July 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Should have waited to post these two LIFE photos together. Anyway, here’s another angle of the Campus Theatre,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2009 at 12:16 am

The Campus Theatre was originally built in the early 1930s as a single-aisle theater 25 feet wide, with 450 seats. A few years later, the operators decided the house was too small, and the original architect, Jack Corgan, was called in to design an expansion. The plans for this were published in the February 1, 1937, issue of Boxoffice. The project called for widening the auditorium by 15 feet and adding a small balcony to one side of the booth, increasing the seating capacity to 650.

I don’t know if the plans announced in 1937 were fully carried out, but the Campus was definitely remodeled two years later. The January 7, 1939, said that construction on the Campus Theatre in Stillwater, designed by Jack Corgan, was underway, and the March 11, 1939, issue of Boxoffice said that the theater was then nearing completion.

Like the Aggie and Mecca, already in operation in Stillwater, the Campus was owned and operated by a partnership consisting of Griffith Amusement Company and Claude Leachman.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 14, 2009 at 11:35 am

I’m pretty sure this one has been demolished with a new building rebuilt on the site. The building that currently sits on the lot is only one story and hosts Stillwater’s Hideaway Pizza. If it is the same building, then it has been significantly altered. Check out the bird’s eye view below and compare to Seymour Cox’s photo:

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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

The address of Hideaway is 230 S Knoblock, Stillwater, OK.

kpdennis on August 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Read it and weep…scroll down past the story on Stillwater’s Hideaway Pizza’s 50th anniversary to the timeline, and there is the answer. My photo above was taken during the final year of the building’s existence.
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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on August 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm

So sad! Thanks for the article.

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Here is an article about the Campus in November 1939, from Boxoffice magazine:

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