Chieftain Theatre

3450 SW 29th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73119

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Previous Names: Chieftain Twin Theatre, Chieftain Twin Adult Cinema, Airline Twin Theatre

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Chieftain Theatre

The Chieftain Theatre opened on August 30, 1951. It was located in the Woodson Park neighborhood on SW 29th Street at S. Stults Avenue. Later operating as an adult porn theatre. In 1985 it went over to Spanish language movies and was renamed Chieftain Twin Theatre. On April 11, 1986 it was renamed New Airline Twin Theatre. It was closed in August 1987.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2009 at 5:58 am

Boxoffice Magazine’s reports of the seating capacity of the Chieftain differ. The December 22, 1951, issue said that it seated “about 730,” while the December 29 issue gave the figure as 750.

According to the April 25, 1966, issue of Boxoffice, Barton Theatres operated the Chieftain until that year, when all 18 of its houses were leased to a newly-formed company called Greater Oklahoma City Amusements, headed by Chicago exhibitor Lewis L. Ingram.

The September 9, 1974, issue of Boxoffice says that the Chieftain was being taken over by Okemah Shanbour. By 1975,it was being operated by Eldon Claybourne Christian, the one who was arrested for showing the movie “Sexual Customs in Scandinavia.”

I’ve been unable to find out when the house was twinned. The last mention of the Chieftain in Boxoffice is from 1976.

seymourcox on May 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I’m certain the Chieftain Cinema was not a twin when I went there during the winter of ‘77. Just a guess, but probably adjoining retail footage was converted into another auditorium, rather than twiining the original cinema.

seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Seen here are typical examples of a vintage beefcake films;

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

What lousy marquee for a theatre,about the worse i ever saw.Surprized it ever did business.Surely, they put something up better.

seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Photos can’t seem to capture what the structure actually looked like. In real life it was quite a nice cinema. There was a much larger streetside marquee located on the corner intersection.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

Thanks for the info,seymour cox,gotta admit that marquee on the picture looks sad.

seymourcox on January 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Very sad, and shabby!

rivest266 on April 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

August 30th, 1951 grand opening ad in photo section.

whorton on November 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm

It would be so nice if someone could come along and delete the long dead links to roadsideoklahoma, and other nonsensical isolated comments.

dallasmovietheaters on March 17, 2021 at 11:02 pm

The former adult theatre turned to Hispanic films in 1985 known as the Chieftain Twin Theatre. It closed January 3, 1985. When the South Shields Mall was converted to an all outdoor plaza, the South Shields Twin was booted out of the mall. The operators found their new home here at the former at the former Chieftain Twin. The New Airline Twin launched on April 11, 1986, with “Rocky IV” and “Back to the Future (ad in photos) The theater’s last advertisement was on August 16, 1987 - perhaps its closing date. But it’s very likely that it returned to Hispanic screenings that were likely held there up to 1990 unadvertised in the local newspaper.

The theatre was converted for other uses which included a cabinet factory. And in the 2020s, the venue was used as a place of worship for the La Roca Community Church.

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