Home State Theatre

222 NW 6th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Previously operated by: RKO, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Firms: Layton, Smith, Forsyth

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Neo-Classical, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Shriners Auditorium, Warner's Auditorium

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Home State Theatre

Originally the Shriner’s Auditorium. It converted to a movie theatre in 1923. It was equipped with a Kimball 3 manual 38 ranks organ, which had 3-consoles. In 1930 it was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and was renamed Warner’s Auditorium. This theatre originally had a Neo-Classical style exterior and a Byzantine style interior, which was remodeled into a Streamline Moderne design in the 1940’s. It was renamed Home State Theatre and was operated by the Barton Theatre circuit. The theatre was closed in 1951.

It is currently used as office space.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

seymourcox on November 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The Home State Theater has a Kimball pipe organ quite similar to this one played by Simon Gledhill, on the 3/38 Kimball pipe organ inside the Oriental Theatre Milwaukee.
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SoonerGrad74 on April 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

It is located in what became the Journal-Record Building, which was heavily damaged in the OKC bombing on 19 April 1995. The building now houses the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum, which has its puvlic entrance on the west side. The north side of the building looks much like it did when the Home State Theatre was located there, minus the marquee. View link

seymourcox on February 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

As late as 1947 the Home State Theatre featured an organist during intermissions.

missmelbatoast on April 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Interactive map of downtown Oklahoma City
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Cimarron on May 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm

1947 photo of Home State Theater added to this site showing “The Vigilantes Return”. Theater was removed from the Home State building sometime in 50’s. Part of the building was used as a Military processing / induction center during the Viet Nam era 60’s – 70’s while also housing other commercial offices as well as a coffee shop. I never experienced the Theater but, did experience the good ole Army processing, induction in the early 60’s at this location along with several hundred other guys.

Cimarron on January 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Daytime view pic of Home State Theatre, Oklahoma City, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on February 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Pic of Home State Life Bldg. with view of Home State Theatre on North side of Bldg. added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on February 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Home State Theatre, Oklahoma City, Pic from 1947 added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on February 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm

1947 Ad, Johnny O'Clock added to Photo Section.

rivest266 on October 28, 2022 at 12:12 pm

The home theatre did not place any ads until February 24th, 1947.

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