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Hollywood cashed in on many a movie about rowdy boomtowns, but Whizbang, Oklahoma, was the roughest of them all. In 1921 the U.S. Postal Service refused to acknowledge such an undignified name as Whizbang and officially changed the town name to DeNoya.
Purpose built in 1921 the Whizbang Theatre was inside an attractive wood frame building. Combo movies/vaudeville played the pretty stage, but live acts performed before roughneck audiences at their own risk.
When surrounding oil fields began to go dry in 1939 so did the Whizbang Theatre. By 1942 DeNoya had gone from a boom town to a ghost town. Today only a couple of ruined buildings remain to mark where "Whizbang" DeNoya stood.
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