Centre Theater

415 Couch Drive,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Movies, Museum

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Centre Theater, Oklahoma City, OK.  Early Stage Pic

The Centre Theater opened on December 25, 1947 with James Stewart in “Magic Town”. It originally opened with 1,600 seats. It was closed April 30, 1976.

Today the former theater forms a part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The former lobby was restored and reopened as a 200-seat movie theatre in 2017.

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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

fosters005 on August 16, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Were the spectacular black light murals in the Center/Centre Theater preserved? If so, I would really like to see photos of those displayed. Also photos of the magnificent Deco glass and aluminum stair railings. That was a lovely old theater as were the Midwest, Warner (built as the Overholser Opera House if memory serves), Harbor, and Criterion — all destroyed during the madness of the 1960s “urban renewal” debacle. – OKC ex pat Scott Foster, Honolulu.

missmelbatoast on August 16, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Original Deco glass railings are preserved inside the museum, along with the grand staricase. Unfortunately those glorious murals are forever gone. Hopfully someone will come up with interior photographs.

wickopolis on October 30, 2007 at 11:19 am

OKLAHOMA CITY â€" The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is looking for submission of stories, photographs and memories of the Centre Theatre, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the theaters opening on Christmas day, 1947

The theatre had a long run from its opening in 1947 to the mid 1970’s when it was eventually closed down. Throughout its operation, the theatre was more than just a movie theatre; it was a venue for sports telecast, civic fundraisers, religious lectures, and even the site for a square dance. It was a special place for many people.

To celebrate the history of the theater, the Museum of Art is looking to create a history of the theater with the help of those who grew up with the Centre Theatre. The museum will be taking 200 words or less short essays describing experiences and stories of the theater. In addition, the museum is also looking for old photographs taken of or at the Centre Theatre.

To submit click here

missmelbatoast on November 19, 2008 at 10:29 am

Nice Centre Theatre exterior & auditorium views can be seen on the following site by typing in name “Centre” -
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seymourcox on November 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

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Centre Theatre 1947 construction photos can be seen by typing in the search ares of above site the word “theater” (has to be ‘er’ spelling).

Cimarron on January 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Centre Theater Pic added to Photo Section with Theater top sign.

Cimarron on May 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Uploaded Stage Pic.

OKCdoorman on October 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Not sure where the page creator got their information about a 1980 closing. The last ad ever for this theater (with an “Ends Tonite!” by-line) in either OKC newspaper was Friday, April 30, 1976, with a double feature of Ossie Davis' film COUNTDOWN AT KUSINI (aka COOL RED) and Yul Brynner in THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR.

rivest266 on August 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm

This opened on December 25th, 1947. Grand opening ad posted.

OKCdoorman on February 2, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Hosted actor George Peppard for an 8pm, Wednesday, May 12, 1971 live appearance to introduce his latest film, ONE MORE TRAIN TO ROB (following the regularly scheduled feature, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS). Earlier in the day, as part of a national publicity tour he met with the Lt. Governor and Spectro Theaters officials and spoke of current movie industry challenges. [“Peppard Encourages State in Movie Industry Push”, Oklahoma Journal, Thursday, May 13, 1971, pp. 5]

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