Trix Cinemat

N. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK 74119

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Located on the 400 block of N. Main Street. Opened in 1969, the Trix Cinemat was a walk-up screening room built in space formerly occupied by a lodge hall. A slender tracerlight shadowbox marquee marked the theatre enrance, which was a sheetglass door where steps climbed up to a landing. On this landing a yellow arrow gave instructions on how to deposit a crisp five-dollar bill into a red blinking slot, which would activate a revolving-door turnstile that admitted a patron (one at a time) into the lobby area.

Red carpeting broke up the monotony of a black painted ceiling and walls. A unisex restroom was off to one side. Pop, coffee, and candy vending machines created the only lighting for the room. Red curtains outlined the auditorium entrance.

A single aisle evenly separated new, high backed fiberglass theatre chairs. Blackout drapes lined sidewalls. Continuous porn projected onto a goodsized screen, and one couldn’t help but wonder if there were a live person in booth, or was the projector automated too?

Trix Cinemat operated only a few weeks before it was shut down as a fire hazard due to a lack of adequate fire escapes. After that all equipment was moved to Denver where it was used in another automated cinema. The building was demolished in 1975.

Contributed by Red Ball

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raybradley
raybradley on November 27, 2009 at 11:29 am

I spent the summer of ‘74 in Hollywood and went to an automated adult cinema similar to this one. Can’t remember the theatre name, but do believe it was located on Las Palmas, just off Hollywood Blvd, because it was around the corner from an imfamous bar called The Golden Tea Cup.
The theatre had no attendant. Admission was thru a self pay steel revolving turnstile. Concessions were dispensed via vending machines. It was an attractive place, all decked out in Victorian red plush. I do remember the films playing were entitled “Screentest”, and “Country Chicken Goes to Town”.

raybradley
raybradley on November 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Turns out that the Hollywood theatre I mentioned above was called the Las Palmas Cinemat.

raybradley
raybradley on March 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

After talking with a couple of old-timers it turns out that the Cinemat XXX Cinema was a little south of Easton St on N. Main St.
Site is now a parking lot, as seen on below link.
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