Sugg Theatre

2027 S. 4th Street,
Chickasha, OK 73018

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SUGG Theatre, Chickasha, Oklahoma

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The Sugg Theatre was destroyed by fire in December 1939.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I noticed that windowless building across 4th Street. It does look like it could have been a theater, though it might also have been a large bank. They were often windowless, too.

While trying to dig up more information about the Sugg, I came across references to a Wagner (or Wagoner) Opera House in Chickasha. It was listed in early 20th century editions of Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide, and it’s apparently still standing at 328 W. Chickasha Avenue. The first entry on this page of The Steel Guitar Forum says that a Barry Thomas was renovating the Wagner for use as a guitar shop. The entry is dated 2003.

I can’t find anything else about Barry Thomas, and there’s no guitar shop at this location listed on the Internet, so maybe his plans didn’t work out. I don’t know if the Wagner/Wagoner ever operated as a movie house, but it’s quite possible that it did. It’s possible that it operated under a different name, and was the location of one of the several theaters listed for Chickasha without addresses.

marciaterry2002 on September 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I studied much of the history of chickasha while conducting research for my senior seminar class at USAO. I believe the suggs theater was built by a man named suggs who also built the what is now called the petroleum building. It was original a bank before it housed the offices for the petroleum building. That is more then likely the building you are seeing in front of the suggs theater. The theater burned down and was relocated to the site of the washita theater. I beliee the building that has the mc donalsd sign was rebuilt after the theater burned. The oper a house was located catycorner from the petroleum building and has recently been renovated. This is what I have understood the history of the theater to have been

marciaterry2002 on September 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I found a photo of the same building on face book by creative stidios here in chickasha. The small building behind the petroleum building that is shown on this page is the knox car sales.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

When J.D. Sugg died in 1925, the Waurika News-Democrat published an article noting some of the bequests made in his will. Among them was a bequest “…to MRS. BELL MCCOWN of Fort Worth, a niece and her children, the Sugg Theatre building in Chickasha and $5,000 each….”

There was also a reference to another theater in Chickasha that Mr. Sugg owned: “The Kozy Theatre building in Chickasha goes to J. D. LINDSAY of that city for life, reverting to the estate on his death.”

Either the Kozy is not yet listed at Cinema Treasures, or is listed under another name and is missing the aka. The Kozy was mentioned in the July 29, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, so it was at least that old.

I think it’s possible that the building currently on the site of the Sugg Theatre incorporates the lower portions of the theater’s side and back walls. Brick is pretty good at surviving fires. But as the theater had both a balcony and a gallery, and the current building is a single floor structure, the upper parts of the walls at least have clearly been demolished. The front is obviously post-fire construction, as it is mostly glass show windows.

Bellarn58 on May 7, 2013 at 8:19 am

This picture is actually of the building on the NW corner of 4th Street and Chickasha Ave. I believe the address is 390 West Chickasha Avenue. I was told it was the Wagner Opera House and then a dance hall during WWII. You can match the top of the drawing and the top of the building. During the 60s and 70s the downstairs was OTASCO and the upstairs was storage. Someone did start renovating it several years ago and put all new windows upstairs but I was told they ran out of money and left it.

Bellarn58 on May 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

Check out 390 Chickasha Ave in Chickasha on Google maps Street view.

eferrell01 on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 am

There is no 390 Chickasha Ave, don’t matter what Google Earth says. The Sugg was in the 100 block of South 4th right behind the Petroleum Building. I am ot sure of the year of the name change to Washita Theater, but it did burn down in 1939. The new Washita Theater was bilt in the 500 block of Chickasha Ave and is still there. The Wagner Opera House was and the building still is on the NE corner of 4th and Chickasha.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 5:21 am

The McDonald’s that occupies one side of the Sugg Theatre’s site is at 2027 S. 4th Street, so the Sugg’s address was probably 2027 or 2029.

The January 2, 1940, issue of The Film Daily ran this brief item about the destruction of the theater:

“Chichasha Theater Burns

“Chickasha, Okla. — This city’s largest theater, the Washita, owned by Consolidated Theaters, Inc., Griffith subsidiary, was destroyed by a $50,000 fire.”

eferrell01 on April 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Joe Vogel,the “McDonald’s” that occupies the site of the Sugg is not a retail outlet, but was the corporate office of Harold Jackson the owner of the McDonald’s franchise in Chickasha. The name was changed to Washita in 1935 and was destroyed by fire Dec 27, 1939 and was never rebuilt. The actual address would be about 110 South 4th. The gray building on the right side of the picture is the Petroleum Building which is on the SW corner of 4th and Chickasha Ave.

eferrell01 on April 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Here is the location as it appears today. Mr. raybradley, the building across the street now known as Chickasha Mall was originally S.H. Kress store.

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