89er Theater

111 N. Main Street,
Kingfisher, OK 73750

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Previous Names: Temple Theater

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The Temple Theater owned by J.L. Carr, opened in February of 1918. It was located on the first floor of the Masonic Temple building, hence the name Temple Theater. The opening movie was “The Ne'er Do Well” with Wheeler Oakman and Kathlyn Williams. The Temple Theater was later owned by John H. and Eudoxie Thomas who also owned other theaters in Kingfisher.

Around 1941 the Temple Theater was remodeled. The movie for the reopening of the Temple Theater was “The Devil and Miss Jones” with Jean Arthur and Robert Cummings. It later became the 89er Theatre. It was destroyed in a fire in March 2004.

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granpadavid on May 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm

This is not a photo of the Temple Theatre lot taken in 1985. The single screen 89er theater stood on this spot until it was destroyed by fire in March of 2004. I spent 4 summers cleaning the place and 4 years as a relieve manager. The building pictured to the north (left in photo) of the empty lot was another theatre at one time. The face of the building shows tan brick with lighter colored decorative brick. The marquis was on the level of the lower part of the decoration. The entry was remodeled years ago. It at one time had a ticket booth in the center with doors on either side of the booth. In the ‘60s, we would park our bicycles in front of the old theater while going to see the movie at the 89er. The building was remodeled in the late '60s very early '70s as an appartment building. There was even an apartment placed in the space above the stage where the roof line was higher to make room for the curtains and back drops that were once present. This does not now appear in the photo. I presume it may have been removed. It was not an impressive little appartment.

granpadavid on May 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I failed to comment that the 89er (single screen) was in use up to the night it burned. So the closing date would be March 2004.

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