Thompson Theatre

N. Broadway Street,
Walters, OK 73572

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The Woolam Theatre was opened by 1928. By 1941 it had been taken over by the Thompson Theatres Circuit and renamed Thompson Theatre. They were still the operators in 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 22, 2019 at 11:03 pm

J. A. Woolam was operating a theater in Walters as early as 1916, when a letter fromhim was published in the April 8 issue of The Moving Picture World. The letter doesn’t give the name of the theater. The only theater listed at Walters in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory was called the Gem.

J. A. Woolam and A. M. VanCleef of Walters purchased the Empress Theatre in Waurika, Oklahoma, in 1914, as noted in the May 22 issue of the Waurika News-Democrat. Both were experienced theater men, the item said, and VanCleef would be moving to Waurika to manage their new acquisition.

The web site of the Cotton County Museum, which is housed in the former Grand Theatre building, says that the Grand and Thompson were across the street from each other. The Grand was at 116 N. Broadway.

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