Closed, Crown Theater, Collinsville, Oklahoma

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    When we first moved to Collinsville in 1977, this theater was going strong. This was the theater I first saw movies like the first Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.,,,,heck, even Smokey and the Bandit. It finally closed around 2000 after years of declining attendence. Someone bought it and tried to run it for a couple of years or so, including I believe a fairly successful run of "The Passion of the Christ", but it's hard to compete with the mulitplex down in Owasso, about ten miles away, and it's sat unused now for a good year or so.

    Update 1/20/07: The marquee is now gone and the building is being used as a church.

    allisonelaine84, LowEndHess, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. keith_whitfield 93 months ago | reply

      I grew up in Collinsville. Some of my fondest memories are at the old Crown theatre. A man by the name of Mr. Downing owned the place back in the 60's. I remember seeing "Shakiest Gun in the West", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and "The Sound of Music" at the Crown. Also, nearly every Disney film released from 1965-1976.

    2. Wade From Oklahoma 93 months ago | reply

      During the 80's they used to have "One Dollar Night" on Tuesdays. I got to see movies I never would have thought to have paid full price for in Tulsa. Coincidentally, perhaps, I don't remember any of the movies I saw on those nights now. Perhaps I really did get my dollar's worth!

    3. clmarch00 93 months ago | reply

      I can remember standing in line waiting for a ticket, and it was always fun to see who all was going to the movie...and with whom! During the time I went there, it was the Sunday's who seemed to run it. Did Eddie Sunday (I think that was his name...Danny was my age and always liked him!) or his family actually own it?

    4. Wade From Oklahoma 93 months ago | reply

      I'm not sure as to who owned the theater back in the '70's and early '80's. I do know that for awhile it was associated with Carmike Cinemas who handled the booking of the movies shown, but that was in the mid-1990's.

    5. danielwright8 87 months ago | reply

      Could you post a newer photo of the theatre without it's Marquee?

    6. Wade From Oklahoma 87 months ago | reply

      Actually, Daniel, I just got thru shooting some pics of the theatre a few days ago, but haven't had the time to get them posted to Flickr. I'll probably post them beginning of next week.

      Thanks for stopping by, btw, and you're always welcome here.

    7. janetteemccrary 65 months ago | reply

      I last saw a movie there in 1999. It was "The Sixth Sense"... I was there with my best friend Scott Ockerman, and it was about a week after the movie showed in Tulsa. We loved it!!! The only thing that sucked about the theater was that they only had one movie, and it showed all week long. So we only had one movie a week:(

    8. Wade From Oklahoma 65 months ago | reply

      I always thought that was one of its charms, the one screen! HAHA So many older theaters sliced and diced their theaters into two or more screens.....so that basically what you had were viewing rooms instead of movie screens, and there's some movies (like any of the Indiana Jones flicks, or many of the great CinemaScope movies of the '50's and '60's) that need as big of a screen as possible to really enjoy, to immerse you into the experience. :)

    9. LowEndHess 63 months ago | reply

      love this shot....so great

    10. russdwright 34 months ago | reply

      I'm with you, Wade. I remember going during the summer when they did the $1 movies, and it was always the place to check out who was dating who and to watch the teenagers hit on the concession workers (usually HS girls). I think that was sometimes a better attraction than the movie itself!

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