O.K. Theatre

100 NW 1st Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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O.K. Theatre

Opened on January 19, 1903 to showcase one-reel moving pictures, the O.K. Theatre was located downtown Oklahoma City at 229 California Avenue. It presented vaudeville and movies.

Not even two years had passed before that theatre packed everything up and moved (to a better location?) three blocks away at 100 NW 1st Street. Seems nickel tickets didn’t sell much better in that neighborhood either, because within one year the 1st Street theatre had faded away.

I’ve seen antique picture postcards of both O.K. Theatres. They were typical nickelodeons of that early day period; gaudy facades, stud light signs, set back entry doors and box-office, with numerous display posters of current photoplays.

Surely a decent guess at auditorium capacity would have been around two hundred seats, give or take a few chairs.

Contributed by Myrna Louise Gaylady

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

raybradley on November 19, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Also see OK Theatre

seymourcox on March 31, 2007 at 10:16 am

Back newspaper issues reveal that you may have gotten your facts a bit backwards. An O.K. Theatre, 220 W. California Ave., ran ads as early as March, 1903. It seems to have been in business several years. Perhaps the O.K. later moved “up” to First Street from California.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 31, 2007 at 12:04 pm

NW 1st Street now maps as Park Avenue.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 9:42 am

I guess it was an O.K. theatre.

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