Westwood Theatre

5956 NW 23rd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

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Firms: Hudgins, Thompson, Ball & Associates

Functions: Church

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Westwood Theatre

The Westwood Theatre opened on July 17, 1969 with Suzanne Pleshett in “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium”. It was closed in May 1988. It is now used as a church.

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grick55 on April 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

during the 80’s I was in the electronics business, and happened to befriend Ken Williams, who was the Manager/Projectionist of this wonderful theater. I was able to visit the projection room and viewed a number of films there. The Right Stuff, Streets of Fire and Legend(Tom Cruise) come to mind.

Cimarron on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Attended showing of “Tell them Willie Boy was Here” shortly after opening of theatre…think it was late in 1969..It was an impressive movie house.

cinema14ken on November 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

I was the Manager/Projectionist at this theater the last 8 years it was open. It opened in 1969 and closed in May 1988. Widely considered the best theater in Oklahoma City in it’s day and many big films played here. Excellent technically, equipped for 70mm and all available stereo sound formats. Good times.

kpdennis on November 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Westwood was in my neighborhood, but our family mainly went to drive-ins. Two films I recall seeing there – Out Of Africa and Dragnet (1987). This theatre was so much better than the neighboring MacArthur Park 4.

rivest266 on August 26, 2018 at 8:44 am

This opened on July 17th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

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John Newsom on June 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm

Hey cinema14ken, I remember you from my days working at Johnson TV & Sound with Rick Gardner. I think it was you who invited us to a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark late one night. (Not a currently showing film at the time.) Of all theatres in the area, that would by my first choice for one to restore and reopen showing repertoire and classic films with the awesome Norelco DP-70s.

cinema14ken on June 23, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Hi John, I remember running Raiders for the guys. We actually had it during one of it’s re-releases at the time. Also remember screening Blue Thunder late one night. When the helicopter flew in the first time all the rocking chair seats in the auditorium were rocking from the subs! Sadly, all the equipment is long gone. Last thing I did for the owners was dismantle the projectors so they could be removed. As I remember they were sold to someone in Colorado.

cinema14ken on March 23, 2024 at 8:12 pm

We did have the Sensurround system installed for those two films but it was not a permanent installation. We were equipped with 35mm and 70mm projection with optical and 4 track magnetic sound for 35 and 6 track magnetic sound for 70mm. Later a separate Dolby 4 track optical system was installed along with one of the first subwoofer installs for Dolby. It was some of the most impressive bass I’ve heard even to this day.

MSC77 on March 23, 2024 at 9:42 pm

cinema14ken: What films do you remember playing in 70mm at Westwood?

cinema14ken on March 23, 2024 at 10:51 pm

Sadly only 3 were ever run over the 20 year operation of the theater. They were “Alien”, “E.T.”, and “The Muppet Movie”. “Alien” was a moveover from the first run at the North Park and the whole print was scratched, “E.T” was second run in a February slot (We ran “E.T.” first run in 35mm for 6 months then brought it back later in 70mm for a short run), and “The Muppet Movie” was a matinee only over Christmas and New Years since we were running an R rated film first run…“Apocalypse Now”. Only 3 70mm prints of “The Muppet Movie” were made so that was special. Hard to get 70mm prints in OKC though we tried. Also ran “Patton” and “Back to the Future” for 6 months but in 35mm.

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