Hornbeck Theatre

125 N. Bell Street,
Shawnee, OK 74801

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Hornbeck Theatre

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The Hornbeck Theatre was opened by Griffith Consolidated Theatres Inc. on July 10, 1947.

In 1973 the balcony area was remodeled into a piggyback twin—named the Penthouse. Currently the theatre is operated by Jones Theatres, Inc. in a joint venture with Carmike Cinemas Inc.

There are 509 seats downstairs (Hornbeck) and 286 upstairs (Penthouse).

The architect for the original Hornbeck building was Jack Corgan and Associates. Architect on the remodeling and creation of the upstairs Penthouse Theatre in 1972 was Larry Blackledge and Associates.

Contributed by Paul Salley, Ronny Jones

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GEM
GEM on July 31, 2007 at 8:22 am

My wife and I live just outside of Shawnee. We travel a lot and always hear people complain about the high cost of movie going. We always laugh and then tell them about our “little secret” in Shawnee! We spread the word to families that we know who would like to experience a real movie theater without breaking their wallets. Last winter, my wife spent $10 for us to see a movie, two large drinks, and a large popcorn. Can’t beat that with a stick! To the owners of the Hornbeck, THANK YOU! You have made it possible for families to experience the true theater experience at a very affordable price.

raybradley
raybradley on August 27, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Nice grand opening shots of the Hornbeck Theater can be seen by typing in word “hornbeck” -
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm

The Hornbeck Theater showing “National Lampoon’s Vacation” with Chevy Chase and “Mr. Mom” with Michael Keaton in 1983.

TerryBear
TerryBear on November 11, 2008 at 5:22 am

The Penthouse was my favorite of these two. The Hornbeck seemed to have not-so-good sightlines despite having a large screen. The acoustics were not very good either. Too much echo at the time. The Penthouse was great though. Intimate and nice size screen for the seating. I remember seeing Porky’s there several times with a full house each time. Only thing I worried about was if the building could hold the wieght. Still, a great place to see a flick.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Roadside Oklahoma site features both vintage and modern images of the Hornbeck & Penthouse Cinemas,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/639

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

From 2010 a photo view of the Hornbeck in Shawnee Here and Here.

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This is what the Hornbeck Theatre neighborhood looks like now days,
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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 5, 2017 at 6:38 am

Griffith Consolidated Theatres, Inc., Circuit opened the Hornbeck Theatre , named after owner Adam Hornbeck, on July 10, 1947. It was constructed in 1946 but wartime steel shortages prevented its completion until construction completed in 1947. Eugene Gilboe of Dallas created the large abstract morals in the theater.

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on April 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm

it’s now running as a joint venture with AMC. listed on the AMC site as Hornbeck Twin. https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/oklahoma-city/hornbeck-twin

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on October 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

It appears that only one half of the balcony is used for screening. What is the other half used for or was it not closed off?

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