El Reno Theatre
106 N. Bickford Avenue,
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Styles: Greek Revival
Previous Names: El Reno Opera House
For many years it has been assumed that the old El Reno Theatre had been torn down. This is probably due to the fact that the beautiful Greek Revival façade was stripped away and replaced with a modern stucco façade. The stage house was razed, and auditorium space converted to retail use. As time passed people just forgot that hiding behind all that stucco is a grand theatre. Yes, the building does still stand to this very day at 106 N. Bickford Avenue.
Opened with a live play on April 1, 1893 as the El Reno Opera House, this luxurious theatre originally presented big time stage shows and special events. It was renamed El Reno Theatre in 1907 when it began presenting movies & live events. It was destroyed by fire on December 26, 1918.
A new El Reno Theatre was built and opened on May 12, 1919 (It has its own page on Cinema Treasures). When talkies arrived on the scene in the late-1920’s the house added a projection booth, silver screen, and was wired for sound. Being located in the center of theatre row helped the El Reno Theatre to succeed in its new role as a movie house.
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