Caprice Theatre

Krebs, OK 74501

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Krebs (a suburb of McAlester) has a large population that is of Italian decent. Therefore, Krebs Opera House was built around 1885 especailly to present Italian opera to local residents.

After the nearby Busby Theatre opened the old opera house couldn’t match the new competitor’s superior stage productions, and converted over to movies. With a new name the Caprice Theatre remained a combo vaude/movie house until destroyed by fire in the early 1920s.

Contributed by Sophia Giacomo

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2007 at 7:05 am

A picture of the Opera House in Krebs can be seen on this website.

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 10, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Caprice Theatre can be photo seen left …
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seymourcox
seymourcox on October 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm

In this vintage snapshot the Caprice Theatre can be seen at the top of the hill. “Queen of the Sea,” starring Annette Kellerman, 1918, is playing at the Palace Theatre, also visible in this picture …
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellenmc/2648909484/

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Upon closer inspection of the c1918 photo, that poster for “Queen of the Sea” may be an advertisement for the Busby Theatre in neighoring McAlester. Looks like the Palace is actually a cafe.

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