Center 3 Theaters

124 S. Wilson Street,
Vinita, OK 74301

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Center Cinemas (Official)

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Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.

Architects: Jack M. Corgan, Frank Love, William J. Moore Jr.

Firms: Corgan & Moore

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Lyric Theater, Center Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 918.256.2097

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Center 3 Theaters, Vinita, OK - 2013

There was a Lyric Theatre operating in Vinita by 1914 (no address given). This old historic theater opened in 1922 as the Lyric Theater, a single screen theatre. It featured live entertainment and movies. It was one of the earliest theaters constructed in the state. It was remodeled in the late-1930’s to the plans of architect Frank Love.

The theater has been completely renovated and made into a three screen venue featuring first run movies.

The front of the building has lost some of its luster during the renovation. The first level of the theater has been stuccoed over in a plain white. A new rather simple marquee has been added and a large vertical with “Center” down each side has been restored. The upper floors still remain a red brick with with sand stone trim around the windows.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 30, 2006 at 1:13 pm

I drove past this theater a few days ago. I have some digital pictures which I will try to post later.

jchapman1 on July 8, 2007 at 10:18 am

Here is a creative website with shots of the Center.

seymourcox on July 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Designed in Craftsman Style, modern photos of the charming Centre Theatre can be seen here,

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Still running Movies.that 1985 picture looked like it was on its last legs.

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Like the neon under the marquee,cool.

raybradley on March 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

Really sharp vintage interior & exterior photographs (when this theatre was known as the Lyric)
can be pulled on below link by typing in “vinita theatre”,
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missmelbatoast on March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Look at vintage street views when this was still known as the Lyric. The State Theatre is also visible. Type in “wilson street looking south”

robboehm on May 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm

The Center was a segregated theatre. Persons of color sat in the balcony.

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