Olympic Airdome Theatre
131 S. 3rd Street,
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The Olympic Airdome Theatre was one of several summer entertainment venues in downtown Muskogee operating in the warm months when the traditional theatres were too hot for comfortable operation. The Olympic Airdome Theatre launched May 20, 1907 and competed with the Lyric Airdome and, later, the Wigwam Theatre’s creation of the Wigwam Airdome. Predominately used for live events, the Olympic Airdome Theatre interspersed motion picture content.
The Olympic Airdome Theatre operated for eight seasons. But when ventilation was improved at the Lyric Theatre in 1912 and the New Yale Theatre built in 1911 offered year-round comfort through superior ventilation, the days of the airdomes were numbered. The Lyric Airdome was razed following its closure after its 1912 season. The Olympic Airdome Theatre closed after the summer season of 1914. An eyesore and vacant thereafter, it was condemned by the city of Muskogee in 1917. It was razed shortly thereafter. The Wigwam Airdome was closed after the 1917 summer season anding a brief era in Muskogee entertainment history.
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