Disney Theatre

Main Street,
Disney, OK 74340

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In 1937 the sleepy town of Disney, Oklahoma, suddenly found itself transformed into a prosperous boom town when hundreds of workers, truck drivers, engineers, superintendents, and others arrived to began construction on the massive Pensacola Dam that would create Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. Noted artist Thomas Hart Benton wrote an article for Scribner’s Magazine, October, 1938, issue about Disney, entitled “Thirty-Six Hours in a Boom Town”.

To cash in on all those fresh greenback dollars new housing units, and a movie house were built. Disney Theatre was a stucco structure, livened up by colorful lighting, red upholstered seats, red velvet drapery, and the latest sound & projection equipment. It was destroyed by fire in February 1939.

After completion of the dam in 1940 all those construction workers quickly departed for new destinations.

Today the town is known as Disney Island, and has a convenience store, gift shop, bait stand, a sporting goods & lake apparel emporium, post office, construction firm, two fast food eateries, three bars, and a church, but no movie theatre.

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