7650 East Skelly Drive,
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Architects: Calvin Garrett
Tulsa’s Continental Theatre was sister house to the Continental in Oklahoma City. Both houses specialized in reserved seat, road show engagements.
This house opened March 16, 1966 with Charlton Heston in “The Agony and the Ecstacy”. It was decorated in a black/white/chrome International flair. The continental style, 1,000 seat auditorium contained overstuffed rocking chair theatre seats, a curved, mammoth sized screen, and lush drapery.
Barton Theatres sunk a great sum of money into building both Continental Theatres. Unfortunately, it was at this same time that twin cinemas were coming into vogue, and road show attractions were falling out of favor with the movie-going public. Thus, niether cinema ever attained financial success. It was closed March 15, 1981 with Neil Diamond in “The Jazz Singer”.
After sitting vacant, the Tulsa Continental Theatre was razed in 1981.
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