Broadway Theatre

211 W. Broadway Street,
Muskogee, OK 74401

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Broadway Theatre ... Muskogee Oklahoma

The Broadway Theatre was opened in 1913 and was operated and managed under Proctor Marsh Theatres. The theatre closed in the mid-1960’s and was later used by Hunts Department Store. The balcony level was the children’s department. The department store closed in the 1980’s.

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xxx on July 15, 2006 at 11:02 am

This c1940 photo belies a cavernous interior inside Muskogee’s Broadway Theatre;
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raybradley on August 26, 2006 at 3:31 pm

Shown on this web page is a 1904 architectural drawing for Muskogee Opera House (AKA-Broadway Theatre). During the construction faze the hotel portion had been redesigned into Hunt’s Department Store,
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The school sketch opened as Washington Grammar School and burned to the ground in early 1950.

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Here is a March 1921 ad from the Muskogee Times-Democrat:

seymourcox on February 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Courtesy of ken mc, here is a 1921 newpaper ad for the Yale Theatre -
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missmelbatoast on March 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

To look at a 1922 picture of Proctor and Marsh standing in front of their Broadway Theatre go to this link and type in “joy boys"
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2011 at 4:34 am

Street View was updated too far east. The address 211 is displayed on the lower building that is just past the end of the building with the concrete canopy over the sidewalk.

An article on Muskogee’s theaters in the summer, 2000, edition of 3 Rivers Historian, published by the Three Rivers Museum, says that the Broadway Theatre was built in 1912 by Fred Turner, who hired George Procter to act as manager and Hugh Marsh to operate the projector. Procter and Marsh took a lease on the theater in 1923.

The article doesn’t mention the Broadway ever having been called the Muskogee Opera House, in addition to saying that it was built in 1912. Neither can I find any references to the Muskogee Opera House on the Internet, other than those at Cinema Treasures. Perhaps the 1904 Opera House project was only a proposal that was never carried out.

Google Documents Quick View of the issue with the article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

The July 4, 1912 issue of The Tradesman had this item dateline Muskogee:

“In the very near future the new Broadway theater, being built by the Homestead Ammusement Company, will be thrown open to the public, and this building will give to the city, with our present equipment — the best play house facilities of any city of its size in the country.”

dallasmovietheaters on September 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

The theatre closed in the mid 1950s.

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