Hornbeck Theatre

125 N. Bell Street,
Shawnee, OK 74801

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Hornbeck Theatre (2012)

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The Hornbeck Theatre was built in 1947 as a single screen movie house.

In 1973 the balcony area was remodeled into a piggyback twin—named the Penthouse. Currently the theater 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

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

brentclarkf on June 21, 2005 at 8:17 pm

Whew, that’s a relief. Actually, I was just there to see Amityville Horror. My wife and I really enjoy the Hornbeck. Mr Jones, was it muraled behind the curtains? There’s a theatre in Lamar CO, the Lamar, that resembles it quite a lot. It is also high art deco with murals and back lit neon and such. Thanks for the info. I’d still love a tour and some more history some time.

cherrykiehl on August 20, 2006 at 12:15 pm

I am originally from Shawnee(40 years ago). My brother and I visited the Hornbeck/Penthouse every weekend of our childhoods. I have taken my children almost every weekend as an adult(depending on what is showing). Thanks for making our adventure so fun and affordable!! We miss Francis, but your lobby help is doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!!

gakmsc on April 15, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I lived in Shawnee for about 1-½ years, 7 years ago. I only lived a short distance from this place, and unfortunately never knew it existed.
I now live in Ada, OK, and a friend invited me out for a movie. We went to the Hornbeck. Wow! What a great place! I love older architecture. I hope this place stays going. I’d love to go back again, sometime soon.

GEM on July 31, 2007 at 2:22 pm

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 on August 27, 2007 at 6:16 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 20, 2008 at 2:25 am

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

TerryBear on November 11, 2008 at 11:22 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 on July 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Roadside Oklahoma site features both vintage and modern images of the Hornbeck & Penthouse Cinemas,

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

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

raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

This is what the Hornbeck Theatre neighborhood looks like now days,
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