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LottaLiving.com • The Continental Theater, Oklahoma City 1965
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The Continental Theater, Oklahoma City 1965

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:36 am
by robbhouston
Hey all,

I was on a working trip this past weekend and stayed at a hotel in Oklahoma City. From the window of my brand new Marriott high-rise, I noticed an interesting 60s'esk, modern looking structure just behind the brand new mega sized Borders super book store. From the 15th floor, it looked like some kind of state building or over sized bank. I went and explored and found it was a very large boarded up theater, in a severe state of decay.

The front, which appeared to have been mostly glass originally is now covered in rotting plywood sheets, home to dozens of pigeons. Modern concrete and steel benches line the outdoor spaces, still perfectly straight and sturdy, although aged and discolored. Thru a hole I could see the large interior entrance area, which must have really been something when new. The word 'Continental' stands along the top front edge of the roof line.

I did some Google searching and found the place is the Continental Theater. Built in the early-mid 60s, closed sometime in the 80s. Didn't have my camera on me to photograph at the time, but here are a couple of links to old and new photos....

http://cinerama.topcities.com/ctcontinental.htm
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=22388

And a thread regarding it on Cinema Treasures...

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/10828/

Neat old place. Fun to explore. Sad to see it in such a state.

--Robb

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 6:33 pm
by Synthetrix

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:51 am
by Lynxwiler

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:10 am
by classicsat

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:52 pm
by Kimba
WOW! I love reading the article regarding it's debut! What a beautiful building ~ and another sad story of the end...

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:52 pm
by retrOKC
Note the graffiti on that one pillar, the face.

Image

All that was left when I noticed that they had torn it down.

Image

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:35 pm
by So_Cal_Native_in_Texas
Apparently it closed in 1983.

Another reason to hate the 80s.