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Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company
Architects: Robert O. Boller
Firms: Boller Brothers
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Morgan Theatre opened on October 25, 1915 with the play “Pair of Sixes”. A few days later it began screening Paramount movies. It was a Boller Brothers designed theatre. The Morgan Theatre was one of two theatres with the name Morgan, the first was the Morgan Opera House. It was given a Streamline Moderne style refurbishment in 1941. The Morgan Theatre operated as a motion picture theatre until 1956 when it was converted to a truck repair facility. It was later converted to a roller rink.
It is now used for a warehouse for a construction equipment company. The main floor was gutted and leveled but the balcony remains intact. The lobby was located on Main Street and to get to the auditorium you had to go through a hallway that crossed the alley.
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These rare 1936 exterior/interior photographs of the Morgan Theatre reveal the Italian style glory of the former opera house. To view images type in word “morgan”, then search …
Look into this site to see vintage photographs of the Morgan Theater, 1914-1956;
Black building with white canopy is the former Morgan Theatre. Auditorium is located across an alley on a back street.
Here’s a good look at the stage end of the auditoirum (photo left)
Can you send me a foto of the Morgan in 300 dpi? This is for a book by Heritage Press about historic theaters in Oklahoma.
Thank you, Dr. John wilson, Stillwater
Barclay Morgan’s the Morgan Theatre launched October 25, 1915 with the live play, “Pair of Sixes" and movies by Paramount just days later. By late 1916, the venue was turning more to motion pictures for its programming. The Henryetta Candy Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor served as a de facto concession stand for treats prior to and after the show. The Morgan switched to talkies on April 26, 1930 with “The Benson Case Murder.”
The theatre was operated by Griffith Amusement Circuit during its major overhaul in 1941 to a streamline moderne house. In 1954, it was downgraded to twice-a-week operation. The Morgan closed early in 1956 though had some sporadic screenings and events over the next year.