Warner Theatre

213 W. Sheridan Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson, George H. Johnston, George Hancock Kennerly, Oliver William Steigemeyer

Firms: Kennerly & Steigemeyer, Parr & Aderhold

Styles: Adam

Previous Names: Overholser Opera House, Overholser Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Warner's Cinerama Theatre

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Warner theater Oklahoma City began life as Overholser (Opera House) early 1900's

Originally opened as the Overholser Opera House it was designed by architect George H. Johnston, assisted by John Eberson. Movies were being screened in the Overholser Theatre by 1914. Alterations were carried out by architectural firm Kennerley & Steigemeyer in 1920 and it reopened as the Orpheum Theatre on January 26, 1921 with a production of “The Mikado”. The seating capacity was 2,200. Later renamed the Warner Theatre it was remodeled in 1944 to the plans of architectural firm Parr & Aderhold. It later became a Cinerama theatre that featured a 60 by 24 foot screen. It was demolished in 1964.

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Cimarron on January 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

1930’s Warner pic added to photo section.

Cimarron on January 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Pic addition: Grand Ave street view looking east..Trolly Cars and Orpheum Theater (later Warner) Oklahoma City.

Cimarron on January 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Pic of Warner’s Mid 1950’s Install of Cinerama Equipment added to Photo Section

Cimarron on January 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Two Article’s added to Photo Section re: Warner & Cinerama.

Cimarron on February 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Pic of Newsboy with Overholser Bill Board nearby added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Warner Theater in 1945 was the largest seating capacity house in Oklahoma City with 1950 seats per Film Daily Yearbook.

rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

February 26th, 1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

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Joe Vogel on December 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

The opening as the Orpheum took place on February 3, 1921. This is an article from the March 1, 1921, issue of The Associated First National Franchise, the house organ of First National Pictures:

“Associated First National attractions have a new home in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“The Orpheum, seating 2200 people, has been opened to the public, and is declared by those who have seen it to be one of the finest motion picture theatres in the country. It represents an investment of $500,000, one-fifth of which is in furnishings.

“John Sinopoulo, long prominent in Oklahoma City as a showman, is one of the principal owners of the Orpheum. His brother, Pete, is manager of the house.

“‘Passion’ is one of the attractions which First National put into the Orpheum. On the opening day, February 3, seven thousand people paid admission at four shows, according to the local newspapers. One paper estimated that, judging by remarks made by patrons, many people would attend two and three times during the engagement, and that then all who wished to see the attraction would not be able to get in.”

The May 8, 1920, issue of The American Contractor said that plans for the rebuilding of the Overholser Opera House in Oklahoma City had been prepared by the St. Louis firm of Kennerly & Steigemeyer. George Hancock Kennerly and Oliver William Steigemeyer were in partnership from 1913 to 1933.

Broan on August 20, 2021 at 5:46 am

Original architect was George H. Johnston. John Eberson was learning the ropes with him at the time.

27 Jan 1903, Tue The Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Illinois) Newspapers.com

rivest266 on October 28, 2022 at 11:42 am

Orpheum theatre opened on January 26th, 1921. Ad posted.

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