Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinemas

711 South 32nd Street,
Muskogee, OK 74401

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The theatre sat in a early 70’s style strip mall that housed a Wal Mart, Bestyet Discount Foods and other smaller businesses. The theatre sat at right side of the strip mall. The theatre opened in 1968 with “The Love Bug” showing on both screens. During the grand opening weekend, a VW Bug was given away. The Trans-Lux was known for it’s ‘blue’ and ‘gold’ theatres.

The theatre operated under the management of Bob and Marie Weaver until 1986 when it was sold to Carmike Cinemas who changed the name to Cinema Twin. Carmike let the theatre run down and eventually closed it in 1997/1998. Aside from the Ritz theatre in the 70’s, Trans-Lux was the classiest theatre in town.

Contributed by Timothy Ervin

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RobertR
RobertR on October 29, 2004 at 5:40 pm

Does anyone know what the name “inflight” refered to?

TErvin
TErvin on October 30, 2004 at 12:32 pm

Yes, the theatre was also known as Carmike Twin, but newspaper ads always listed it as Cinema Twin.

“Inflight” was used by TL because they first started showing movies on flights.

jleepix
jleepix on October 9, 2005 at 10:16 am

Inflight came from the Projection system, 16mm Automated Projection System, the same system used on international Air Flights.

Trans-Lux was the theatre company and Inflight was the Projection company they teamed up to make “Trans-Lux Inflight Theatres”

I was district manager for the 6 North Carolina Trans-Lux Inflight Theatres, 1 Twin and 5 single screens 1968 – 1973. The Theatres were owned and operated by Trans-Lux Theatres in New York City, Bud Levy and Bob Mar.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2006 at 2:04 am

Muskogee’s Trans-Lux Inflight Cine Theatre (its original name) was designed by architect John J. McNamara. He also designed a Trans-Lux Inflight Cine Twin Theatre in South Daytona, Florida.

raybradley
raybradley on November 16, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Lawton, OK, also had a Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema that opened around 1968. Since the Muskogee and Lawton twins were very similar in design, John J. Mcnamara probably designed both theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2007 at 12:03 pm

The 1981 motion picture almanac lists the Trans-Lux Inflight Cine Blue & Gold in Muskogee as part of the Trans-Lux Corp. of Norwalk, CT, as mentioned by Jerry W. above. Trans-Lux had Blue & Gold theaters in other states as well. Trans-Lux president was Buddy Levy. Assistant vice president was Robert Maar.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

This theatre was booked by Brandt Theatres of New York City

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