Temple Cinema

S. Pennsylvania Avenue and E. Jefferson Street,
Mangum, OK 73554

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Temple Theatre

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Temple Cinema ... Mangum Oklahoma

The Masonic Building was built in 1928. The Temple Theatre was opened on July 1, 1929 as a single screen 800-seat ‘talkie’ theatre. 1937 and 1965 photos reveal that the Temple Cinema had formerly been a (circa 1920) Masonic Temple. An attractive neon marquee letterboard was added over the main entrance when this building converted over to movie use. A quasi-modernist flair permeated the fancy auditorium, and in an earlier era a finely draped stage most certainly hosted vaudeville acts and stage productions.

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seymourcox on August 17, 2007 at 7:33 pm

See for yourself period shots of the Temple exterior & interior. Type in word “temple”, then hit search …
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

A movie theater ad from 1948 for the Temple Theaterwith western movie star Tim Holt signing autographs.

raybradley on July 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Several vintage photos of the old Temple Theatre can be seen here. Not too sure about the attempted Art Deco redo,

raybradley on March 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

From google maps comes this a modern day view of the former Temple Theatre (minus marguee), Pensylvania and Jefferson,
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dallasmovietheaters on January 11, 2021 at 6:46 pm

The Temple Theatre was launched July 1, 1929 by Sam Fringer. Fringer had discontinued operation of the Empress Theatre on June 15, 1929 moving the equipment to the Temple. The theatre opened along with the well-placed Temple Soda Shoppe next door.

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