Rita Theatre

1713 S. Quanah Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74127

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Previous Names: West Tulsa Theatre, Empress Theatre

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The 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Rita Theatre with a seating capacity of 500.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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raybradley on August 29, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Look at vintage interior/exterior photos of the dowdy Rita Theatre, obviously a triple feature house. Type in word “rita”, then search,
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raybradley on September 1, 2007 at 11:52 am

Oklahoma Historical Society web site remarks that the Cameo Theatre (a probable former nickelodeon) originally occupied this site. In 1940 Griffith Bros Theatres bought the Cameo and replaced it with the (cheaply built) Rita Theatre. Because of its blah appearance, when the Rita burned down most Tulsans felt no sense of loss.

seymourcox on September 15, 2007 at 9:44 pm

The Cameo Theatre had a “reverse” auditorium layout, but it is not clear whether or not the Rita followed suit.

oldguy42 on March 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm

i may be wrong, it’s been a long time since i lived in west tulsa , but i don’t think the rita was in west tula. i think its address was 700 s. quanah not 1700

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