Electric Theatre

East Commerce Avenue (Route 66),
Commerce, OK 74339

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According to rare photos posted by J. Schehrer on the informative site below, the Electric Theatre dated back to at least 1917. Looks as if this cinema was originally from the nickelodeon period, judging from an arched entranceway and no overhead marquee.

Any further material you can provide on the Electric Theatre will be most appreciated!

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raybradley on September 3, 2009 at 10:55 am

Commerce population for 1922 was listed as 2,555, more than enough to support two cinemas.
I was once told by William Landis (whose family owned Landis Mining Car Manufacturing Co.) that movies were not popular amoungst mining communities. After working twelve-hour shifts underground, six days a week, miners preferred outdoor entertainment, such as baseball, rodeos, swimming, hunting, fishing, etc.

raybradley on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

After carefull study of that vintage photo of the Electric Theatre, then perusing modern street views of Commerce, it looks as if the old cinema no longer stands. See what you think!
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raybradley on March 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Commerce, OK, was hometown to #7 Micky Mantle of New York Yankees Baseball fame. There is a bronze statue of Micky near the high school baseball diamond.

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Lauren Durbin on January 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Did the photo come from the link you posted? If so, then this is posted on the homepage of that site: “THE PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE FROM MY OWN COLLECTION AND FROM PHOTOS SENT TO ME BY OTHER PEOPLE. PLEASE DO NOT USE ON OTHER SITES WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. ALL PHOTOS ARE WATERMARKED FOR TRACEABILITY.” Cinema Treasures must protect itself against copyright infringement, etc.

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