Buffalo Theatre

537 6th Street,
Pawnee, OK 74058

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Buffalo Theatre

The Buffalo Theatre opened was opened in 1921 by E.E. Ryan. It was purchased from the Ryan family in 1960 by Milan Steele, who at that time also owned the Lakeside Drive-In. It had closed by 1987.

It was renovated in 2016 and re-opened with live performances and dances. It is hoped to screen movies again in the near future.

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raybradley on December 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

Chester Gould, who created the Dick Tracy character of cartoon strip fame, grew up in Pawnee. It has been reported that Gould earned extra cash painting movie posters while attending OSU in Stillwater. Wonder if he did the same for Pawnee theatres?

missmelbatoast on April 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

Photos of the former Buffalo Theatre can be veiwed here -
Chester Gould bio -

missmelbatoast on April 6, 2009 at 9:41 am

Last I heard this theatre was vacant, never converted to any other use. There used to be posted on this page an excellent photograph snapped by Don Lewis. Wonder why it has been removed?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

A view from 1987 of the Buffalo Theatre in Pawnee.

seymourcox on July 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Recent shots of the shuttered Buffalo Theatre can be viewed on this site,

Scott on April 7, 2011 at 5:12 am

So the tiled roof structure and niches on either side of the upper facade were added after the 1987 photo was taken? Wonder if it was part of a downtown improvement initiative?

DrBenes on November 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I just bought the Buffalo Theatre at auction on Nov. 1, 2013. It will be restored.
Dr. Clarance Benes of MurderMysteryParties.com

DrBenes on November 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

The Buffalo Theatre is now open for live performances and dances. The second live performance will be Dec 3rd and 4th of the Christmas Carol. A New Year’s Eve dance is planned which will be the third dance since restoration has begun.

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