Empress Theatre

111 W. Main Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix, Sullivan & Considine, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: George F. Shrieber

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Empress Theatre, Oklahoma City, 1923

The Empress Theatre opened in 1910. It was located on W. Main Street east of North Robinson Avenue. In 1924 it was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 6 ranks organ.

I could not find a firm closing date but it was demolished in October 1940.

Contributed by Chuck

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Rodney on April 29, 2008 at 10:26 am

Instead of selling the Wurlitzer piecemeal, Paramount donated the organ to a small church located on either NW 11th or NW 12th, East of Pennsylvania Ave, this fine instrument is still there to this very day.
Look on this site for vintage shots of the Empress Theatre;
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missmelbatoast on November 10, 2008 at 10:16 am

Architect George F. Schrieber designed the Empress Theatre.

hanksykes on November 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Probably part of the Sullivan&Considine chain of vaudeville theaters as all their venues were called Empress Theaters nationwide.

seymourcox on May 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

In 1956 this parking garage was constructed on the former Empress site,
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raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

From Doug Loedenback’s link comes these 11-26-1911 and 12-4-1911 newspaper notices,
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plus a photo,
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raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Here are postcard views of the Criterion, Empress, and Olympic, from the book Vanished Splendor II.
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missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

In this 1920 image the Empress Theatre can be seen on the right, and the Criterion Theatre is photo left.
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Cimarron on March 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

1923 Pic of Empress Theatre, Oklahoma City, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Empress Theatre, 1926 Pic added to Photo Section.

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