Barnsdall Theatre

W. Main Street and 5th Street,
Barnsdall, OK 74002

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Barnsdall Theatre

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The Runyun Theatre was opened prior to 1926 when it had 750 seats. By 1943 it had been renamed Barnsdall Theatre 1943, and continued until at least 1950. If you have any information please share it here!

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raybradley on March 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Here are recent views of the old Barnsdall Theatre from google maps,

raybradley on March 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Perusing google maps, the Barnsdall Theatre is an attractive three story structure located on main & 5th. An extremely long auditorium runs along 5th St., but shows no evidence of having a balcony.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2016 at 3:23 am

The Barnsdall Theatre was renamed the Roxy Theatre in 1950, as reported in the September 2 issue of Boxoffice. The house had recently been purchased by the Tidwell brothers, who were renovating and redecorating inside and out.

This dying web page has a small section with a few paragraphs about the theater. It was originally opened as the Airdome Theatre, sometime early in the silent movie era. It closed in the 1950s, but was briefly reopened in the 1990s. The page used to have two photos of the theater, but all the links are broken and they no longer display.

Chris1982 on March 26, 2016 at 2:16 am

Joe Vogel, are you saying this theatre should be listed as the Roxy Theatre since that was the last operating name, with Bamsdall Theatre and Runyon Theatre as AKA’s?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2016 at 3:13 am

Listing a theater under its final name is standard at Cinema Treasures, unless the house only operated for a short time under the later name. If this theater’s run as the Roxy was brief, then more people are apt to remember it as the Barnsdall, but if it operated as the Roxy for at least a few years then the listing name should probably be changed. I haven’t checked the FDY’s to see how long after 1950 it was open.

Chris1982 on March 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Evidently the Name Roxy was short lived, by 1951 it is listed as the Barnsdall Theatre with 600 seats. So Roxy should be an AKA. The Theatre was located at the corner of W. Main at 5th Street.

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