MacArthur Park Cinemas

2230 N. MacArthur Boulevard,
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

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MacArthur Park Cinemas

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The MacArthur Park was a four-screen early "multiplex" before that term came into parlance. Located on MacArthur Blvd at NW 23rd Street in Northwest OKC, across the street from the old Westwood Theater (now a church).

Opened in 1974, the theater showed first-run and low-budget first-run films. For example this is where I saw movies like “Legend of Boggy Creek”, “Phantom of the Paradise”, and “When A Stranger Calls”. I have no idea who the architect was but it was part of a strip mall. Its best years were the 1970’s and 1980’s and then it fell into rapid decline.

In 2009, the building is a restaurant named OK Corral.

Contributed by David Savage

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kpdennis
kpdennis on April 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

My recollection is that the MacArthur Park 4 was the first multi-plex in OKC. I saw my first R-rated film there: “200 Motels” starring Frank Zappa. I distinctly recall hearing the movie playing in the next auditorium through the walls.

The building was converted at some point in the early 1990s into a night club.

One correction to the description above: the Westwood Theater is not demolished, but is currently, and has been for many years, a church.

NeonSky
NeonSky on May 19, 2009 at 7:09 am

Thanks for the correction, Kevin. I must have missed 200 Motels but I’ll look for it in Netflix! —David Savage

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on May 20, 2009 at 6:50 am

This multiplex had the charm of a bus station. It had cement block walls, and this was the first OKC cinema not to have curtains over the screen. Instead of drapes, it flashed advertising slides during intermission. Seats were most uncomfortable, and there was always sound bleedover from other auditoriums.
I took a friend there once, and upon exiting the theatre he said (no matter what was showing) he never wanted to go there again. And he didn’t!

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

Shown here are recent pix of the former MacArthur Park Cinema 4.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/804

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

We played the trailer to “BOGGY CREEK” a G rated movie and a parent complained it was too scary!

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

MacArthur Park Cinema today
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ziplock91
ziplock91 on September 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

went there when I was little I think thats where I saw ET I thought the song MCarther park was about the theaterlol

rivest266
rivest266 on April 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

This opened on December 31st, 1971. Listings stopped in 1991. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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