Mecca Theatre

111 Walnut Street,
McAlester, OK 74501

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seymourcox on March 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Here is a modern view of the former Mecca Theatre (photo left, bldg with green awning), now Jodie’s Dance Studio,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

E.L. Jack Johnston was operating the Mecca Theatre in 1931, when a letter he wrote in praise of Universal serials was published as part of an ad placed by Universal in the August 4, 1931, issue of Exhibitor’s Forum. Johnston died in 1964, and the brief obituary published in Boxoffice mentioned that he had once operated a theater at McAlester, but did not give the years of its operation.

Whenever the Mecca closed, Jack Johnston was gone from McAlester sometime before 1944. He ran a classified ad in the March 11 issue of Boxoffice that year, seeking employment as a theater manager and giving a P.O. Box address in Cordell, Oklahoma. The ad said he was currently employed in California but would be available April 2. Some years later he bought the Washita Theatre in Cordell, operating it until his death.