Icon Cinemas

1225 E. Danforth Road,
Edmond, OK 73034

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dallasmovietheaters on October 30, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Carolina-based Litchfield Theatres Circuit, formerly Fairlane Litchfield, decided that the time was right to move into the Oklahoma City market in the 1980s. And the move was a good one because the town was overbuilt with aging twin and four-plexes without a true, modern destination theatre. Litchfield began in Edmond with this venue, the $1.4 million, 1,548 seat Kickingbird Cinema 6. The Kickingbird Shopping Center was built in 1983/4 near the early 1970s' era Kickingbird Golf Course and Kickingbird Estates.

The Center expanded in 1988 bringing the cinema. The architects were Carolina-based Hiller & Hiller who Litchfield tended to use. Litchfield also built the Windsor Hills Cinema 10 in Oklahoma City behind the, then, 28-year old Windsor Hills Center also to the plans of Hiller & Hiller.

Even though Litchfield launched here as a six-plex, the original design allowed for two more additional auditoriums if business conditions warranted their construction. On February 2, 1994, Regal Cinemas bought out Litchfield and the theatre became part of Regal Cinemas chain. The next year, Regal was the company to add the two screens from the Hiller & Hiller drawing and making it the Regal Kickingbird 8.

In the fall of 1995, Regal added on two screens to make it an 8-plex. But that may have been too optimistic and Regal closed up shop on January 28, 2001. The theatre continued an independent run under Kickingbird Cinemas Ltd. which had originally conceptualized the theater. On August 10, 2011, the theater’s future was jeopardized by a major wind storm that toppled its roof. However, the theatre was repaired and continued operations that same year.

The Kickingbird closed after shows on March 17, 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic. During the year between the start of the pandemic and March 16, 2021, the theatre remained closed and new operators were sought. Icon VIP Circuit picked up the venue that summer with a November/December opening planned that year.

dallasmovietheaters on October 30, 2021 at 12:49 pm

The original architectural design was by South Carolina-based Hiller & Hiller.

DanielTheMovieGod on September 19, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Icon Cinemas is just brought the building and expect to reopen it soon according to their site.

davidcoppock on October 8, 2016 at 2:47 am

Why is called Kickingbird Cinema(unusual name!)?

rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Official website at http://www.kbirdcinema.com/

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Lauren Durbin on August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Unfortunately, the roof was ripped off of the Kickingbird Cinema during storms that swept through in the early hours of 8/8/11 which left roof damage and water damage. The theatre had just recently upgraded all of their projectors to digital. Repairs are expected to take at least one month.

raybradley on July 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Prof quality pix of the Kingkingbird Cinema can be viewed on this site …

QueenElizabeth on June 30, 2007 at 12:21 pm

There are lots of reasons some might be interested in this theatre! First and foremost, it is perfect for people who want to support the local small business in their community. It’s like choosing to go to the local market in your neighborhood, owned by a neighbor, than opting to go to Wal-mart or some other huge corporate owned store, just for lower prices, or notoriety. This theatre, is indeed clean, and usually shows a great variety of movies. Plus, at Kickingbird, you can go out for buy your wife flowers, go out to dinner, see a movie, all at the same place without moving your car.

As far as Oklahoma’s other ‘monsterplexes’, most of them would be cleaner if unruley teenagers (or immature adults) would stop throwing their trash and spit in the floors.

Anyway, this is a great family theatre, and recommended highly in support of the Edmond community.

brentclarkf on August 4, 2005 at 7:17 pm

I don’t know why anyone be interested in this theater since it is the usual modern monterplex; however, I will give some details since it is already listed. The theater is clad in gray brick and is off set in a strip mall. The auditorium is rather plain featuring nuetral colored tile on the floor and curtains on the walls. The most best feature of the theater is the fact it is very clean—-a rarity in Oklahoma monsterplexs.