Esquire Theater

463 S. Main Street,
Hobart, OK 73651

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Esquire Theater

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Listed in editions of Film Daily Yearbook from at least 1941 through to 1950 and beyond as the Kiowa Theater (sometimes spelt Kiawo Theater).

Contributed by Todd Scott

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JohnMcConnel
JohnMcConnel on May 19, 2002 at 8:42 pm

The Esquire, a one-screen theatre opened at the tail end of the silent film era, was converted to two screens in 1970. It was the first small town theatre in Oklahoma to be converted to two screens.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on December 14, 2004 at 10:42 pm

My wife and I visited The Esquire this past summer. It looks like a bomb went off inside it! It’s completely gutted! The only thing left is its marquis. I attended this theatre when I was a child, and its current state is truly disheartening. What a waste!

xxx
xxx on June 3, 2006 at 7:26 am

Another Hobart theatre, the OKLAHOMAN, is mentioned in the following link about stage scenery supply companies-
http://digital.lib.umn.edu/scenery/index.html

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 2, 2007 at 8:30 pm

To view 1936 exterior photo of the Esquire Theatre, when it was still known as Kiowa, enter site below, type in word “theatre”, then enter. Images of the Oklahoman Theatre will also pop up.
View link

jchapman1
jchapman1 on August 3, 2007 at 11:41 am

After looking at interior/exterior photos I can’t help but wonder if Harold Gemino was architect of this cinema. The facade and rustic, exposed beam auditorium are so similar to his Sooner Theatre, Norman, OK.

Rodney
Rodney on August 7, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Notice how the Kiowas marquee touts “Western Electric Sound”, which translate to “sound on film.” My grampy told me how quickly moviegoers tired of Vitaphone disk sound, and alert theatre owners began to ballyhoo sound on film systems.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Here is a close shot of the marquee:
http://tinyurl.com/yh557p9

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