Lawton Theatre

418 SW D Avenue,
Lawton, OK 73501

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The 1,100-seat Lawton Theatre was opened on August 29, 1929 when it was equipped with a Western Electric sound system. The opening movie was Arthur Lake & Betty Compson in “On with the Show!”, the first all talking/singing, all color movie. It was closed in 1976.

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Okie on August 5, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Close inspection of this vintage postcard air view of business district, downtown Lawton, will reveal several theatre structures, including the Lawton Theatre,
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and this color postcard of Fort Sill Theatre, still showing free movies to those in uniform who serve our country,
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seymourcox on August 27, 2007 at 3:38 am

This 1965 photo clearly illustrates the Italian flair of the Lawton Theatre. To view photo type in word “theatre”, then search …
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raybradley on July 15, 2010 at 3:45 am

A 1960s picture of the Lawton Theatre can be viewed on these pages

raybradley on March 3, 2011 at 2:43 am

This is what the neighborhood looks like now, the Lawton Theatre is long gone.
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seymourcox on March 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Screen star Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay LeSueur) resided in Lawton as a child, where her stepfather, Henry Cassin, managed the Lawton Theatre.
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“Crawford’s mother subsequently married Henry J. Cassin. The family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma, where Cassin ran a movie theater. Crawford was unaware that Cassin was not her birth father until her brother Hal told her. The 1910 federal census for Comanche County, Oklahoma, enumerated on April 20, showed Henry and Anna living at 910 "D” Street in Lawton. Crawford was listed as five years old, thus showing 1905 as her likely year of birth.
Crawford preferred the nickname “Billie” as a child and she loved watching vaudeville acts performed on the stage of her stepfather’s theater. The instability of her family life impacted on her education and her level of schooling never really progressed beyond the fourth grade. Her ambition was to be a dancer. However, in an attempt to escape piano lessons to run and play with friends, she leaped from the front porch of her home and cut her foot deeply on a broken milk bottle. Crawford had three operations and was unable to attend elementary school for a year and a half. She eventually fully recovered and returned to dancing …"

raybradley on March 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

A photo of Joan Crawford’s childhood Lawton home can be seen on this link,
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rivest266 on March 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Listings for this cinema stopped in 1976.

DavidZornig on February 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm

1920s photo added courtesy Marian Lynne Kirchner-Rohan‎.

MichaelKilgore on April 11, 2021 at 2:23 am

Boxoffice, Dec. 17, 1973: “Video (Theatres)’s Lawton manager Clyde Walker reports that a wave of downtown urban renewal in Lawton is about to sweep away three circuit houses there - the Diana, Rita and Lawton. The latter has been closed for more than a year.”

dallasmovietheaters on August 5, 2021 at 8:03 pm

The Lawton Theatre launched August 29, 1929 with a Western Electric sound system, a $250,000 venue, with Betty Compson in “On With the Show.”

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