Empress Theatre

106 S. Main Street,
Shattuck, OK 73858

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Previous Names: New Empress Theatre

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Empress Theatre

The Empress Theatre was opened in October 1913. Following a refresh in 1928 it was renamed New Empress Theatre. It was equipped for sound on October 27, 1928 with Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool” being the first ‘talkie’ screened. It was closed on January 2, 1949 with Lash La Rue in “Return of the Lash”. Free movies organised by a church were screened for a while in 1950.

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dallasmovietheaters on January 20, 2022 at 10:06 am

The Empress Theatre was located at 106 South Main in downtown Shattuck. It began in October of 1913, was totally refreshed in 1928 as the New Empress. On October 27, 1929, the theatre relaunched with Vitaphone and sound films with Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool.”

When the Wilsons opened the new $60,000 Shattuck Theatre in 1946, the Empress' days were numbered. Lee and Garland Wilson’s Wilson Theatres Circuit discontinued regular movies screenings on January 2, 1949 at the Empress Theatre with the “Return of the Lash” with Las LaRue. Religious screenings were offered by a local church in 1950 with with the building offered for sale. Lee and Garland Wilson retrofitted the venue for other purposes in March of 1952.

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