H & S Theatre
816 Manvel Avenue,
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H & S Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company
Firms: A.C. Davis & Sons
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
This little theatre is located downtown in Chandler, OK. It opened on September 16, 1926 and hasn’t been messed with much. Instead of a marquee, it has a portico-style face complete with two columns on either side of the doorway.
Designed by architect A.C. Davis & Sons of Shawnee, OK, it was constructed by the Hill Co. of Ada, OK. One hundred and thirty three thousand bricks were used in construction., the interior by Wirf Paint & Glass Company of Shawnee OK, drapes fashioned by Beaumont Studios, New York.
This theatre shows first-run movies and is open nightly.
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Modern photo here (3rd photo):
I was in Chandler a few days ago. The museum across the street has a few of the original seats with the H&S logo on the side. Looking at some of the exhibits, it appears that the Odeon Theater was in business close to the H&S until 1955. However, there was some confusion amongst the locals as to whether the Odeon was next door to the H&S or down the street.
Here are some photos from July 2006:
Here are some items from the museum:
This c1940 photo of Chandler’s Odeon serves to illustrate how humble some small town theatres could be.
To view 1930s era photos type in “theatre” …
These are recent color snapshots of the H&S Theatre.
It was built in 1926, and today’s admission price is just $4.00. It was closed when I passed through town so can’t add any interesting interior descriptions. Judging from lobby posters it looks as if its a strictly P.G. house. Too bad, the towns folk will miss most of the better films.
Official website: http://www.hstheatre.com/