Hornbeck Theatre

125 N. Bell Street,
Shawnee, OK 74801

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Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company, Video Independent Theaters Inc.

Architects: Jack Corgan

Firms: Larry Blackledge & Associates

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Hornbeck Theatre

The Hornbeck Theatre was opened by Griffith Consolidated Theatres Inc. on July 10, 1947 with Don Defore in “It Happened on 5th Avenue”.

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. It was closed on September 29, 2020 with repertory screenings of “Back to the Future” & “The Goonies”

Contributed by Paul Salley, Ronny Jones

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

TerryBear
TerryBear on November 11, 2008 at 3:22 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 11:30 am

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 9:35 pm

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

raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

This is what the Hornbeck Theatre neighborhood looks like now days,
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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 5, 2017 at 4:38 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 9:06 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 8:26 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?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 8, 2020 at 5:06 pm

1947 Grand Opening photo added credit Ron Henderson Collection.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on September 24, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Final showings for the AMC Classic Hornbeck Twin: September 29, 2020 with repertory showings of “Back to the Future” and “The Goonies”

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on August 10, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Celebrated a transformation by Griffith Amusements to widescreen and presentation of CinemaScope films on October 1954

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