Kiowa Theatre

8th Street and S. Harrison Street ,
Kiowa, OK 74553

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The Kiowa Theatre was listed in the 1955-1957 editions of Film Daily Yearbook. Originally the building style was Puelbo Deco, but now has little resemblence to a movie house since it was altered in 1983 to reflect its new use as a church.

Kiowa is hometown to famed country/western singer Reba McEntire.

Contributed by Earl

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Kiowa being a very small town, this was probably its only theater and thus the house that Boxoffice of January 30, 1954, reported had been damaged by a fire and explosion which “…ripped the box office off the front and broke windows.” The fire was brought under control within thirty minutes, so the building must have survived and been reopened. The theater had been built five years before, the item said, and had cost $30,000. The owner-operator was named Fred Collier. Unfortunately, Boxoffice doesn’t give the name of the theater.

This item is the only mention of Kiowa I’ve found in Boxoffice but, as this theater had been opened in 1948 or 1949, I’d surmise that it was most likely a replacement for an earlier, probably much older, theater, which was either closed or demolished.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 22, 2011 at 7:35 am

Was a Kiowa Theater in Kiowa in 1955. Can anyone verify the exact dates?

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

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