Alex Theatre

Main Street,
Alex, OK 73002

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ABray
ABray on March 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Alex is said to have had four theaters. The Victory Theater in 1917, located near the present lumberyard (202 S. Main), operated by James Samuel White who died in 1928. The Rex Theater between 1929-1932, located on Main Street, unknown operators, destroyed by fire in 1932. The Blue Moon Theater ca 1940-1945, operated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Waldron, located at site of previous Rex Theater. The White Theater (name not confirmed) ca 1945 to ca 1955, operated by Walter and Eleanor White. The White’s movie theater, with the whole building painted white, is the only one I personally knew. We have an old photo of it during a 1949 downtown Alex flood and the marque reads “The Durango Kid in Blazing Across the Pecos”. It was in the 2nd building north of “E” Street on the west side of Main Street. The White’s theater building was one of five buildings removed from the west side of Alex’s downtown Main Street some years ago. The Rex Theater would most likely be the one mentioned in the ca 1930 fire insurance maps. However, the address 109 S. Main is north of the corner of “E” Street and Main, not south. I’m trying to confirm the Blue Moon Theater in Alex because I know one of the businesses Avis and Harry Waldron of Lindsay, OK operated was called “The Blue Moon Theaters, Inc.” and they had a Blue Moon Theater in Lindsay as well. The listing of the same theater in Alex came from earlier history researches done in 1976 from old Alex Tribune newspapers.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on November 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Fire insurance maps circa 1930 show a theatre at 109 S. Main St. (historical address)(3 doors S of SW corner of Main & E St.) The maps don’t show a name. The entire block between E & F streets has been demolished. http://binged.it/sIoPMB

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

Open ~1945-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Could use an address or crossroads, more info and photos.