511 Chickahsa Avenue,
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Washita Theatre (Official)
Firms: Corgan & Moore
Functions: Live Theater
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Washita Theatre opened in 1941 with Ginger Rogers in “"Tom, Dick and Harry” & Bud Abbot & Lou Costello in “Hold That Ghost”. It replaced an original Washita Theatre which was destroyed by fire. Designed by architects Jack M. Corgan & Williamn J. Moore Jr., it featured a round tower structure in the center of the façade which was decorated in bands of red porcelain. It had a seating capacity for 900, in orchestra and balcony levels. The Washita Theatre remained a movie house for the next sixty years, but finally closed in April 2001.
The Chickasha Community Theatre purchased the Washita Theatre in downtown Chickasha, Oklahoma and renovated and restored the theatre into a venue for their theatre productions. The group had operated since 1994 without a permanent home and the purchase of the once immensely popular movie house fulfilled their dream.
The original artwork remains although it has been covered by burlap to contain sound in the now-twinned theatre.
The balcony had been previously enclosed to form a second screen.
The transformation into a legitimate theatre was take to nearly two years (back in 2001), although this was a little optimistic, and completion came in late-2009.
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