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Prunepicker
03-27-2007, 09:37 PM
There was another Fuddruckers on NW Expressway between McArthur and Rockwell on the south side of the street. Both of those locations opened around 1984 and only lasted a few years.

I lived off of NW Expressway between Mac and Rockwell during that time. I don't remember seeing Fuddrucker's. Was it in Peppertree? Near Black Eye Pea? This is baffling.

Prunepicker

Pete
03-28-2007, 09:36 AM
Dave, I'm sure you're right.

And the other Fuddruckers was indeed in Peppertree when it first opened:

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/fuddruckers.jpg

Prunepicker
06-03-2007, 01:31 PM
I think the twilight zone you are talking about was not in the Paseo area, but closer to NW 19th and Kentucky.
Carey PLace is the row of houses almost all white. I knew about the Black Brick, but never went there. It was west of Classen around NW 26th or so. I went to OCU and drove by it a lot.

We always called Carey Place the Twilight Zone. In the early '70s there were some old people that would wear overcoats in the summer. They looked like bag people but lived there. It was weird.

The Black Brick was on McKinley and @ N.W. 26th. I went there a lot. My favorite drink was the hot apple cider with one of those square cinnamon suckers in it. There was a coconut drink, too. I can't remember the names of the owners but they didn't look like they fit with the Brick's theme.

Prunepicker

Pete
08-06-2007, 05:25 PM
I had asked a question about Twilight Beach...

I finally found some ads from the Oklahoman's archives from the 60's. 6000 NW 54th is on the SW corner of 54th & Hammond and there is currently an apartment complex on that site:

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/tb1.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/tb2.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/tb082767.jpg

Prunepicker
08-06-2007, 07:42 PM
I had asked a question about Twilight Beach...

I finally found some ads from the Oklahoman's archives from the 60's. 6000 NW 54th is on the SW corner of 54th & Hammond and there is currently an apartment complex on that site:

That's too cool! Seeing the "Golden Pheasant" advertised on the Twilight Beach ad brings back memories.

Does anybody remember the swim park called Elmwood on @ SE 55 & Sheilds?

Cid
08-06-2007, 07:43 PM
I lived off of NW Expressway between Mac and Rockwell during that time. I don't remember seeing Fuddrucker's. Was it in Peppertree? Near Black Eye Pea? This is baffling.

Prunepicker

No, it was over on Expressway in that shopping center at 63rd. It's basically where Buffalo Wild Wings is now.

NikonNurse
08-06-2007, 09:04 PM
The Bread smell is still downtown....In reference to some of the previous posts:

TV Show-Count Gregore
Restaraunts-Shotgun Sam's, Casa Bonita and Han's Barbecue
PCWest Grad myself-39th and Cactus Jacks up until late eighties
Old TV dudes-Fred Norman introducing the Doppler radar at the OUTDOOR courtyard at Penn Square..

NikonNurse
08-06-2007, 09:05 PM
And HO-Ho went to the church I grew up in...forgot his real name....

Prunepicker
08-06-2007, 09:09 PM
And HO-Ho went to the church I grew up in...forgot his real name....

Ho Ho's real name was Ed Birchall (sp) I drive by his old house almost everyday.

NikonNurse
08-06-2007, 09:10 PM
Posting elsewhere reminded me of roller skating on Friday and Saturday nights at the Comet on 36th and then at the "U" on portland during the roller disco hey day..

My grandpa always took me...he was pretty famous as the little really old man (no pervert jokes cuz he wasnt) who skated better than most of the kids...we had a story about us in the oklahoman once.....

okiegal57
08-06-2007, 09:11 PM
Kim, this is Joan. I have posted on this website too. I told Dennis about it a few months ago. TTYL Joan H.

ToddyWoddy
08-07-2007, 07:31 PM
Elmwood Swimming Pool - my gal pal and I used to go there during the summers of 1977-1978 and flirt with the boys. There was a giant tower in the middle of the pool. You could take the stairs to the roof of the concession stand and lay out.

The City National Bank sign was not on top of Liberty Bank but at the top of the building that is across from the 1st Natl Bank building...the name escapes me but its the one that has the Interurban on the 1st floor. Remember calling the time?...i think the number was 599-1234. There was the advertisement for City Natl Bank and then it gave the time and temp. Everyone thought you were calling the bank, but it was really the phone co.

The drive in theater on 59th and Santa Fe was the Riveria.

Growing up in Spencer MWC area, we used to go to the Sooner Twin drive-in on Saturday night. You could see a double feature and then around 1:00 am they used to show these cheesy x-rated movies.

Does anyone remember Adair's cafeteria in Midwest City on the corner of 15th and Key? I always got the fried chicken and a little bowl of chocolate pudding with a single minature marshmallow on top!

OKC Zoo - remember the old entrance and when you walked in, the Monkey Ship? Also do you remember that poor polar bear?

Springlake - great memories, my grandpa used to work for Maclanburg Duncan and they had there company picnic there every year. In my high school years (Star Spencer), Springlake used to have a day where all the city area marching bands would perform and then afterwards we could spend the day in the park. I remember the fun house with the giant slide you go down on burlap sacks. There was also this huge spinning disk. We would pile as many kids as we could and then the guy would turn it on, the disk would start to spin and we would fly everywhere. The Wild Mouse, I was always scared to get on it, rumour had it that 2 kids were killed when their car flew off the track. The Alpine Skyride went thru the park, over the lake and at the end when it turned around to go back I always tried to hit the tree with my hand.

What a great thread!
Lisa

NobleC
08-28-2007, 03:41 PM
I just found the site by accident and was curious as I grew up in NW OKC. Did anyone know that the old Wedgewood Village Amusement Park once occupied the parking lot and site of the Spartan store you were discussing? I still saw the old miniature railroad tracks popping out of the asphalt as late as the mid '80's.

Pete
08-28-2007, 04:01 PM
Speaking of the monkey ship at the OKC Zoo, I found an old photo:

http://www.pchs4allyears.com/memoriesfromthen/monkeycage.jpg

And I thought this was pretty cool... From the old Cinema 70 drive-in on NW Expressway:

http://www.pchs4allyears.com/memoriesfromthen/Cinama_70.jpg

http://www.pchs4allyears.com/memoriesfromthen/Cinema70ConcessionMenu.jpg

Pete
08-28-2007, 04:07 PM
Found an ad (circa 1971) for Elmwood in the Oklahoman archives:

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/elmwood1.jpg

drumsncode
08-28-2007, 06:43 PM
Wow! Those prices from the Cinema 70 are breaking my heart! Look at the incredible inflation we've had!

so1rfan
08-29-2007, 09:41 AM
[QUOTE=MalibuSooner;69450]


Regarding Penn Square, what was the name of the disco/club located there during the disco days that had a huge slide?? The name is on the tip of my tongue!


Wasn't there a club called "After the Gold Rush" adjacent to one of the malls? Was is Penn or Crossroads?

Pete
08-29-2007, 11:03 AM
After the Goldrush was at I-240 and S. Penn (7401 S. Penn).


This was the place I was referring to... The name finally came to me:

http://mysite.verizon.net/res17zef/clementines.jpg

Eldestof4
04-16-2008, 11:19 PM
http://home.earthlink.net/~themusicmotel/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/scotty4706.jpg

A friend of mine just told me about this site/thread and my head is throbbing with all there is to absorb and remember. Rather than leap in with something that's already been posted and/or covered, up there's a souvenir of a very big day a little over 45 years ago out on E. Britton Rd.

April 1 (makes perfect sense in retrospect), 1963--our cub scout den/troop/gang/guerrilla insurgency got to go to Channel 4 back when it was WKY-TV. I forgot which den, what pack (93? 193?--Belle Isle School and David Thompson's mom was den mother, if memory serves.) I was sitting in the left bleachers, first row, on the inside isle. I think we did get Soaky bubble bath (Mercury capsule-shaped bottle, but something else which I forget was never quite delivered.) Not only did I get to pull the Wrangler card out of the hopper, but I also (you saw this coming) won the Golden Horseshoe for my angst-ridden yet nuanced performance which included eyeglasses inverted; name sticker applied as mustache (imagine Hitler as walrus); nose, mouth and lower eyelids pulled toward a common center, tongue unconsciously foreshadowing a stage trick of a laughably Kabuki-influenced rock'n'roll band still ten years away in the future.

I was two months and twenty days too early to pull off the hat trick that would have also included riding Woody (birthdays only), but a great time was had by me. (Was there even anyone else there? I guess I was with a cub scout den...)

Later in high school, one of my two best pals actually lived in the house formerly owned by Steve Powell (Foreman Scotty). NE of 39th/May Avenue, let us say. There was quite a trove of pre-printed FS autographed photos and rocket balloons left behind in the garage storage unit.

Any one have the Rosetta stone for the hieroglyphics on the back of the Golden Horseshoe?

http://home.earthlink.net/~themusicmotel/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/scotty4707.jpg

zachtaylor alum
04-17-2008, 08:21 PM
I just discovered this site and I am elated! I grew up in OKC and share a lot of the great memories everyone has described. I went to Zachary Taylor School in the 1960's. It was on NW 52nd and Shartel. It was torn down by the school district in the '80's. It was the greatest little Wally and Beaver elementary school...just one classroom per grade and the principal was also the sixth grade teacher. The school was on the banks of Deep Fork Creek and we played there and climbed the big oak trees on the school grounds and threw acorns at each other. Anyone else out there an alum of Taylor Elementary?

zachtaylor alum
04-18-2008, 08:03 PM
Who among you all remember Kaiser's Ice Cream, near the Katz Drug store downtown? The ice cream was homemade and the portions were huge. They had a special sundae for pregnant moms that was like a banana split but with pickles instead of bananas.

Carnation's Ice Cream was more frequented by my family. They were on 23rd across from the Citizens Bank. Carnations had multiple flavors and the scoops were 5 cents each. so a triple dip cone was 15 cents and we had to hurry to eat them before the last dip melted.

Mmmmm. Old time ice cream....

solitude
04-18-2008, 09:42 PM
I just discovered this site and I am elated! I grew up in OKC and share a lot of the great memories everyone has described. I went to Zachary Taylor School in the 1960's. It was on NW 52nd and Shartel. It was torn down by the school district in the '80's. It was the greatest little Wally and Beaver elementary school...just one classroom per grade and the principal was also the sixth grade teacher. The school was on the banks of Deep Fork Creek and we played there and climbed the big oak trees on the school grounds and threw acorns at each other. Anyone else out there an alum of Taylor Elementary?

Welcome to OKCTalk - glad you found the site! If you like all the nostalgia threads here, you'll love Doug Loudenback's blog. Have you visited him yet? He's at Doug Dawgz Blog (http://dougdawg.blogspot.com/) and also be sure and check out his old website (http://www.dougloudenback.com/oklahomacity.htm)with great OKC pictures and maps.

Blazerfan11
04-18-2008, 10:27 PM
going to le mans and playing Dragons Lair over and over!!! Wow! the technology!!!

Prunepicker
04-18-2008, 11:17 PM
Who among you all remember Kaiser's Ice Cream, near the Katz Drug store downtown? The ice cream was homemade and the portions were huge. They had a special sundae for pregnant moms that was like a banana split but with pickles instead of bananas.

I only remember Kaiser's being at N.W. 10th & Walker.

Prunepicker

SoonerGirl26
04-20-2008, 01:39 PM
Some of my memories (this will give my age away!):

--Dancing on Channel 4's "The Scene" with Ronnie Kaye on Saturday mornings
--Sussy's Pizza in Capital Hill after football games
--Stores in Capital Hill: Peyton Marcus, John A. Brown's, Penneys, Anthony's Emmer Brothers, OTASCO, Humpty Dumpty grocery, Jack & Jill children's store.
--High school senior pictures taken at John A. Brown's
--Capital Hill Hospital
--The car dealership around 27th & S. Walker that had a car with 2 front ends.
--Going to movie theaters: Yale, Knob Hill, Redskin.
--77 Drive-in on S. Shields, Hillcrest Drive-in near airport, Riveria on 59th.
--Spartan's next to SE High School and Cloud 9 across the street.
--Jumping off 3rd tower at Elmwood Swimming Pool (I actually didn't do this!)
--Southside hangouts--Del Rancho, AAA Drive-in, The Spot
--Buying formals at Robert Hall's on S. Western; shoes at Kinney Shoe Store
--Wedding showers at Dodson's Cafeteria
--Proms and banquets at Val Gene's in Shepherd Mall
--Special dinners at Glen's Hickory Inn
--Going to the Black Brick near OCU
--A&W where you got those little plastic monkeys on your cups
--In the 6th grade dancing at the Lion's Center on S. Robinson
--The little TG&Y store next to Stewart-Wood Drug store on SE 44th.
--Butterfield's on NW Expressway with the swing
--The Blue Onion in Norman

This thread is great....brings back lots of old memories!!

Lauri101
04-20-2008, 04:14 PM
Some of my memories (this will give my age away!):

--Dancing on Channel 4's "The Scene" with Ronnie Kaye on Saturday mornings
--Sussy's Pizza in Capital Hill after football games
--Stores in Capital Hill: Peyton Marcus, John A. Brown's, Penneys, Anthony's Emmer Brothers, OTASCO, Humpty Dumpty grocery, Jack & Jill children's store.
--High school senior pictures taken at John A. Brown's
--Capital Hill Hospital
--The car dealership around 27th & S. Walker that had a car with 2 front ends.
--Going to movie theaters: Yale, Knob Hill, Redskin.
--77 Drive-in on S. Shields, Hillcrest Drive-in near airport, Riveria on 59th.
--Spartan's next to SE High School and Cloud 9 across the street.
--Jumping off 3rd tower at Elmwood Swimming Pool (I actually didn't do this!)
--Southside hangouts--Del Rancho, AAA Drive-in, The Spot
--Buying formals at Robert Hall's on S. Western; shoes at Kinney Shoe Store
--Wedding showers at Dodson's Cafeteria
--Proms and banquets at Val Gene's in Shepherd Mall
--Special dinners at Glen's Hickory Inn
--Going to the Black Brick near OCU
--A&W where you got those little plastic monkeys on your cups
--In the 6th grade dancing at the Lion's Center on S. Robinson
--The little TG&Y store next to Stewart-Wood Drug store on SE 44th.
--Butterfield's on NW Expressway with the swing
--The Blue Onion in Norman

This thread is great....brings back lots of old memories!!

Wow - I remember all of those - guess I'm telling on myself

Any recall the "Beef and Bun" on 23rd and Western? We used to call it the "Barf and Run"

I went to NE High School, but hung out on south side a lot!

Prunepicker
04-20-2008, 04:22 PM
--Sussy's Pizza in Capital Hill after football games
--Stores in Capital Hill: Peyton Marcus, John A. Brown's, Penneys, Anthony's Emmer Brothers, OTASCO, Humpty Dumpty grocery, Jack & Jill children's store.
--High school senior pictures taken at John A. Brown's
--Capital Hill Hospital
--The car dealership around 27th & S. Walker that had a car with 2 front ends.
--Going to movie theaters: Yale, Knob Hill, Redskin.
--Southside hangouts--Del Rancho, AAA Drive-in, The Spot
--Buying formals at Robert Hall's on S. Western; shoes at Kinney Shoe Store
--Proms and banquets at Val Gene's in Shepherd Mall
--Special dinners at Glen's Hickory Inn

Where was Sussy's in Capitol Hill ? That dealership was just north of Eskridge Olds, or was it Eskridge ? Thurman Black's "The Spot" ! That was wonderful. I can't tell you how many times we went to Robert Hall's. We got our shoe's at Loveless on SW 29th. Capitol Hill was a thriving district. I don't remember the Val Gene's in Shepherd Mall, only in Penn Square :-(

I just saw Mel Lee. He was Capitol Hill's band director from 1953 until about 1967. He's doing great.

Prunepicker

Lurker34
04-20-2008, 04:30 PM
We always called Carey Place the Twilight Zone. In the early '70s there were some old people that would wear overcoats in the summer. They looked like bag people but lived there. It was weird.

Prunepicker

My brother told me about Carey Place. I don't think it's true, but makes a damned good Halloween story. Many years ago a neighbor went bezerko and started hacking up children in the neighborhood. The house the murderer lived in is identified by the hatchets cut outs on the shudders of the house he supposedly lived in. Also in that neighborhood, there's a half burried merry-go-round. Each one of the horses represents each one of the kids that were killed.

OKCMallen
04-20-2008, 05:05 PM
Sliding down the hill on the 3rd base side of All-Sports Stadium on cardboard boxes durinr 89ers games and thinking Abner 89er was cool.

Fun Skate.

SoonerGirl26
04-20-2008, 06:31 PM
Where was Sussy's in Capitol Hill ? That dealership was just north of Eskridge Olds, or was it Eskridge ? Thurman Black's "The Spot" ! That was wonderful. I can't tell you how many times we went to Robert Hall's. We got our shoe's at Loveless on SW 29th. Capitol Hill was a thriving district. I don't remember the Val Gene's in Shepherd Mall, only in Penn Square :-(

I just saw Mel Lee. He was Capitol Hill's band director from 1953 until about 1967. He's doing great.

Prunepicker

Sussy's was located on the NE corner of Robinson and SW 24th. Just a little hole in the wall place but it had that great pizza that became my standard for pizza. We went there after football games, but after it closed we were going to "Across the Street" at SW 59 & Agnew. I think Sussy's shut down there sometime in 1966 or 1967 and rumors were that part of it upstairs became a "not so nice" place...if you know what I mean. I'm pretty sure that the Val Gene's we had our proms at was at the north end of Shepherd Mall. We had to go up some stairs to get to it. I could be wrong...since that was back in the late 60's my mind could be playing tricks on me!! Anyone else remember where is was?

Yes, the car place was north of Eskridge Oldsmobile but on the west side of the street. That car with the 2 front ends was always parked there.

zachtaylor alum
04-20-2008, 08:05 PM
Wow - I remember all of those - guess I'm telling on myself

Any recall the "Beef and Bun" on 23rd and Western? We used to call it the "Barf and Run"

I went to NE High School, but hung out on south side a lot!

I recall the Barf and Run myself, located where the former Carnation's Ice Cream was. I went to NE too for a while during the cluster era where we went to one school for math and another for everything else.

Lauri101
04-21-2008, 02:29 AM
Val Gene's was at the north end of Shepherd Mall - I remember it well. We always ate there after going to JC Penneys for new school clothes.

zachtaylor alum - I was in the cluster mess also. We did Northwest Classen for math, and Northeast was the science. What a waste of time and money - on cluster days, it seems we spent more time transporting than learning.

SoonerDave
04-21-2008, 01:31 PM
There used to be a Carnation Ice Cream on S. Pennsylvania, around 81st or so on the west side of the street. It was the north-most store in a tiny stripmall that had a 7-11 on the south end, back when 7-11's had the alternating green/red blinking neon logo.

I remember Dodson's for Sunday lunches after church. I always got the same thing - veal cutlet, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, with a hot roll. I can still remember how it tasted. They also had THE best chocolate ice-box pie you ever ate.

I miss the ol' Putt Putt golf courses which used to be all over town. My ol' haunt was the one on S. Western north of 74th, and the land on which it once stood is now occupied by Bryan's Carpets (which, itself, is moving). On Friday and Saturday nights, it used to be packed. Never quite understood why minigolf seemed to lose popularity.

I also miss the old TG&Y stores. The biggest one anywhere used to be at I-240 and Penn, and my mom and I used to go there just about every Saturday morning for errands and odds-and-ends....

Sadly, there will never be another Glen's Hik-ry Inn. If you never got to go there, you truly missed something special; the aromas, the blueberry muffins, everything. I always thought it would be a place to take a girl I really wanted to impress, but by the time I was old enough to start dating, it was gone.

Hans BBQ on SW 15th (or was it 29th?) was a favorite place of my mom's but I have only faint recollections of going there one time...

How about when Sears used to have a candy/nut counter? At the Sears on S. Western, it was on the east side, actually fairly close to the middle of the store (and very close to the old coffee shop), but you could smell hot popcorn and nuts all over the store.

I remember visiting Elmwood once or twice when I was *really* young, but then it was gone....my mom won a portable vacuum cleaner playing Bingo at a company picnic hosted for my dad's employer at the old Springlake amusement park...

Also remember Buchanan's Food Mart at SW 89th and Penn, back when it was the ONLY grocery store in site and SW 89th was practically the south edge of civilization...their blinking neon sign was about the only thing that would light up the night landscape in that area back in the late 60's/early 70's.

I'm getting too nostaglic now....am I supposed to be this waxy at 43?

-dew

Prunepicker
04-21-2008, 03:18 PM
There used to be a Carnation Ice Cream on S. Pennsylvania, around 81st or so on the west side of the street. It was the north-most store in a tiny stripmall that had a 7-11 on the south end, back when 7-11's had the alternating green/red blinking neon logo.

I also miss the old TG&Y stores. The biggest one anywhere used to be at I-240 and Penn...

Hans BBQ on SW 15th (or was it 29th?) was a favorite place of my mom's but I have only faint recollections of going there one time...

How about when Sears used to have a candy/nut counter? At the Sears on S. Western, it was on the east side, actually fairly close to the middle of the store (and very close to the old coffee shop), but you could smell hot popcorn and nuts all over the store.

We drive by where the Carnation Ice Cream shop used to be on our way home from Church. Loved that spistachio.

I used to walk through the TG&Y just about everyday on my way home from Jefferson Jr High.

I remember the Han's BBQ on NW 10th. I never cared for it...

Hey, the Sears at 23rd and Penn ! The candy counter was on the west side and the aroma of popcorn and chocolate drove us kids crazy, while we would drive our mom crazy. What a great smell :-)

Does anybody know the name of the Ice Cream shop in SE 29th and near the Capitol Hill district ? A date and I found it one night in 1969.

Prunepicker

zachtaylor alum
04-21-2008, 07:34 PM
There used to be a Carnation Ice Cream on S. Pennsylvania, around 81st or so on the west side of the street. It was the north-most store in a tiny stripmall that had a 7-11 on the south end, back when 7-11's had the alternating green/red blinking neon logo.

I remember Dodson's for Sunday lunches after church. I always got the same thing - veal cutlet, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, with a hot roll. I can still remember how it tasted. They also had THE best chocolate ice-box pie you ever ate.

I miss the ol' Putt Putt golf courses which used to be all over town. My ol' haunt was the one on S. Western north of 74th, and the land on which it once stood is now occupied by Bryan's Carpets (which, itself, is moving). On Friday and Saturday nights, it used to be packed. Never quite understood why minigolf seemed to lose popularity.

I also miss the old TG&Y stores. The biggest one anywhere used to be at I-240 and Penn, and my mom and I used to go there just about every Saturday morning for errands and odds-and-ends....

Sadly, there will never be another Glen's Hik-ry Inn. If you never got to go there, you truly missed something special; the aromas, the blueberry muffins, everything. I always thought it would be a place to take a girl I really wanted to impress, but by the time I was old enough to start dating, it was gone.

Hans BBQ on SW 15th (or was it 29th?) was a favorite place of my mom's but I have only faint recollections of going there one time...

How about when Sears used to have a candy/nut counter? At the Sears on S. Western, it was on the east side, actually fairly close to the middle of the store (and very close to the old coffee shop), but you could smell hot popcorn and nuts all over the store.

I remember visiting Elmwood once or twice when I was *really* young, but then it was gone....my mom won a portable vacuum cleaner playing Bingo at a company picnic hosted for my dad's employer at the old Springlake amusement park...

Also remember Buchanan's Food Mart at SW 89th and Penn, back when it was the ONLY grocery store in site and SW 89th was practically the south edge of civilization...their blinking neon sign was about the only thing that would light up the night landscape in that area back in the late 60's/early 70's.

I'm getting too nostaglic now....am I supposed to be this waxy at 43?

-dew

The TG & Y stores were the best! My sister and I walked to the one at NW 36th and Western to buy candy and toys. I could spend a whole morning there trying to decide what to buy: windup toys, paper dolls, friction cars, those walking animals on strings, superballs, etc.

I also remember Buchanan's from a time when we lived on the SW side in the early 60's. They had a tiny movie theater where parents would park their kids to watch cartoons while they shopped. What parents today would leave their tots unattended like that? But it was a different time and we always felt safe.

Oh GAWD the Smell!
04-22-2008, 03:03 AM
The main thing I remember about the "Toys, Guns & Yoyos" on 240, was that it was bi-level...And there was a ramp in the middle of the store. I used to run up and down it. Not sure why, but I sure enjoyed it.

And I miss Buchanan's. I was a stocker at the one on 4th and Eastern in Moore when I was 16.

Anybody remember the small theater on S. Western? It only had two screens if I recall correctly...I saw War Games there.

Oh...and they also had...midnight showings of...ROCKY HORROR!

Martin
04-22-2008, 05:10 AM
anybody remember the small theater on s. western?

yep. i believe you're referring to park terrace which originally consisted of one single screen. the theatre was later split into two auditoriums and in my time it was therefore called the park twin. i remember seeing **wait for it** ernest goes to camp there.

-M

SoonerDave
04-22-2008, 08:14 AM
Yeah, the Park Terrace was "the" place for movies until the Almonte Cinema 6 went up over on SW 59th and May. I remember taking a date to Park Terrace once to see a James Bond movie, but the place was a pit by then, sadly.

The Almonte was quite a place in its day. It was kinda the last gasp between nice standalone theaters and stripmall theaters, because it still had at least some of the "old theater" ambiance but still was in the middle of a mall. I think the only other significant theater was the South Park on May, which in retrospect wasn't a very nice theater, but MAN was there a crowd there in Dec 1979 when the first Star Trek movie came out - the line wrapped around the mall and south along May avenue - never forget that.

I remember standing in line at the Almonte in June of 1982 when the *second* Star Trek movie came out...huge line then, too...

The TGY on 240 had several "ramps" that changed the floor level about, oh, three or four feet. What was *really* fun was to get on a shopping cart and push it down one of those ramps, and watch it accelerate...hopefully not into anyone :D

A guy named Homer Brock used to own a Radio Shack in the far east side of that shopping center. The later owners moved it to the new 240 Penn Park shopping center, and they dozed that small mall area shortly thereafter. There also used to be a laundromat there, and before that Radio Shack was a Radio Shack, it was an OKC library of all things....man, the weird memories that come back on ya..

flintysooner
04-22-2008, 08:41 AM
ValGene's that I remember was in Penn Square. I may have imbibed some there.

I also loved Dolores Restaurant.

Oh GAWD the Smell!
04-22-2008, 08:42 AM
I think Reding 4 is where I saw Superman.

FRISKY
04-22-2008, 09:41 AM
TG&Y had a 16-stall automotive shop on the NE corner of the parking lot. It was there before the Sirloin Stockade*, car wash, Radio Shack and laundry. I was a mechanic there in the 1960s.

We used to race cars in that big parking lot.

*Infamous for the 1978 mass murder by Roger Stafford. Sirloin Stockade murders (http://markgribben.com/?p=217)

Prunepicker
04-22-2008, 01:04 PM
I also loved Dolores Restaurant.

Dolores Restaurant was before my time. Didn't it close in the 50's ? I saw a postcard of the restaurant a few years back. Wasn't it on N.W. 23rd near Robinson ?

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traxx
04-22-2008, 01:04 PM
I think the only other significant theater was the South Park on May, which in retrospect wasn't a very nice theater, but MAN was there a crowd there in Dec 1979 when the first Star Trek movie came out - the line wrapped around the mall and south along May avenue - never forget that.

I think you mean Northpark. That was a decent theater at one time. Not sure if it's even still there. I remember standing in a long line for a movie (don't remember what) at Quail Twin at may and Hefner.


A&W where you got those little plastic monkeys on your cups

I'd totally forgot about that. I used to love getting those monkeys when I was a kid.

Does anyone have or know of any old pics of Penn Square before it was enclosed?

Martin
04-22-2008, 01:11 PM
i think you mean northpark.
no. i'm certain he meant southpark. it was located at sw 44th & may.

-M

traxx
04-22-2008, 01:18 PM
no. i'm certain he meant southpark. it was located at sw 44th & may.

-M

Oh. A little confusion on my part I guess. There was also a four screen cinema in Northpark Mall back in the day as well. I just saw that he was talking about a theater in a mall on May and just assumed it was Northpark mall. Last I heard the one in Northpark was a $1 movie and according to the Northpark website it's still there.

flintysooner
04-22-2008, 01:24 PM
Dolores Restaurant was before my time. Didn't it close in the 50's ? I saw a postcard of the restaurant a few years back. Wasn't it on N.W. 23rd near Robinson ?

On 23rd just east of Santa Fe as I recall. It was still there in the 60's for sure and I think the early 70's.

Another restaurant I enjoyed was the Indian Princess Motel on Lincoln. They had great hamburgers.

I also have vivid memories of eating lunch with my parents at the Alamo Plaza on south Robinson.

zachtaylor alum
04-22-2008, 08:28 PM
On 23rd just east of Santa Fe as I recall. It was still there in the 60's for sure and I think the early 70's.

Another restaurant I enjoyed was the Indian Princess Motel on Lincoln. They had great hamburgers.

I also have vivid memories of eating lunch with my parents at the Alamo Plaza on south Robinson.

Dolores Restaurant was there in the 60's and 70's. Remember the tree growing right up through the ceiling?

Prunepicker
04-22-2008, 09:38 PM
Dolores Restaurant was there in the 60's and 70's. Remember the tree growing right up through the ceiling?

That blows my mind ! A lot of my childhood was spent in the downtown area, because of the family business, and I thought I ate at every restaurant in town.

We used to eat lunch quite often at the Sieber Hotel and Priddy's.

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solitude
04-22-2008, 10:28 PM
Dolores Restaurant was there in the 60's and 70's. Remember the tree growing right up through the ceiling?

What was their "signature" desert? I can't remember now for the life of me, but whatever it was - it's now offered at Charcoal Oven with the original recipe and it's called "Delores Restaurant Whatever It Is."

flintysooner
04-23-2008, 05:48 AM
What was their "signature" desert? I can't remember now for the life of me, but whatever it was - it's now offered at Charcoal Oven with the original recipe and it's called "Delores Restaurant Whatever It Is."

Black Bottom Pie I think although didn't know about Charcoal Oven. I always ordered Veal Parmesan.

I also enjoyed Sleepy Hollow in that same time frame. Christopher's was another great steak place.

At 23rd and Broadway there was The Pink Kitchen where I ate lunch nearly every day for a while.

The Governor's Club on Lincoln when it opened was pretty cool, too.

ValGene's.

So many great places.

Patrick's at 23rd and Western. Herman's at 16th and Classen or maybe 18th and Classen - can't remember anymore.

Martin
04-23-2008, 05:59 AM
so what goes in a black bottom pie? -M

flintysooner
04-23-2008, 06:52 AM
so what goes in a black bottom pie? -M
I found this link (http://www.lovefords.org/recipes/blackbottompie.htm) with a quick search. I don't honestly recall though but sounds about right.

Martin
04-23-2008, 07:01 AM
gotcha... thanks! -M

Steve
04-23-2008, 07:14 AM
Prunepicker, was Priddy's the small diner across the Sieber?

flintysooner
04-23-2008, 08:04 AM
Priddy's Post Card (http://www.route66university.com/photos/postcard_65/slides/priddys.html)

Prunepicker
04-23-2008, 11:15 AM
Prunepicker, was Priddy's the small diner across the Sieber?

Priddy's was on the NW corner of NW 11th and Hudson and the Sieber was on SW corner of NW 12th & Hudson. Both were on the west side of Hudson.

Priddy's later became Martin's.

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Prunepicker
04-23-2008, 11:27 AM
Priddy's Post Card (http://www.route66university.com/photos/postcard_65/slides/priddys.html)

I don't remember getting to go to the Priddy's on Lincoln. The one on 11th was small, about the size of Beverly's (not the big one on Lincoln). Most of the restaurants in that area were only open for breakfast and lunch.

Priddy's had the best chicken salad.

There was a cool ambiance about the restaurant's that had a lunch counter and booths.

Here are a few I remember on Lincoln and downtown.

Uncle John's Pancake House - @ 36th & Lincoln
The Little Red Barn - @ NW 4th & Hudson
Cherry's - 15th & Broadway ?
Topper Burger - NW 12th & Hudson
Anna Maudes - near Main & Walker ?
Trade Winds Motel - north of the Capitol
Pullum's BBQ - NE 4th & Lincoln (where Lincoln ended)
Boulevard Cafeteria on NW 11 near Dewey ?

Prunepicker

Lauri101
04-23-2008, 06:08 PM
In 1975, I worked at a little diner near downtown - either Hudson or Harvey - I think around 13th or south of 13th. It has been gone a long time, but it was set up with a long counter and a few booths. The cook was visible to the diners and all the waitresses had to give the orders by yelling to the cook the "old-fashioned diner" way - i.e. - "two men on a raft" meant something with eggs and toast, etc.

I was a waitress there for about 2 months just prior to entering the Air Force. This was the time of my life when I had hard-partying nights and days in somewhat of a cannabis-induced fog, and I always screwed up the ordering, but back then I was cute, blonde and very friendly, so the businessmen who came in liked me and tipped well. I know I usually worked from 5 AM to 10 AM.

I simply cannot remember the name or exact location of the diner! Anyone?

zachtaylor alum
04-23-2008, 06:43 PM
In 1975, I worked at a little diner near downtown - either Hudson or Harvey - I think around 13th or south of 13th. It has been gone a long time, but it was set up with a long counter and a few booths. The cook was visible to the diners and all the waitresses had to give the orders by yelling to the cook the "old-fashioned diner" way - i.e. - "two men on a raft" meant something with eggs and toast, etc.

I was a waitress there for about 2 months just prior to entering the Air Force. This was the time of my life when I had hard-partying nights and days in somewhat of a cannabis-induced fog, and I always screwed up the ordering, but back then I was cute, blonde and very friendly, so the businessmen who came in liked me and tipped well. I know I usually worked from 5 AM to 10 AM.

I simply cannot remember the name or exact location of the diner! Anyone?

Could it have been Hardy's (not to be confused with the fast food Hardee's)? Hardy's was a little diner somewhere downtown that served the best steaks, salads with fresh blue cheese dressing and loaded baked potatoes. It was open in the '60's and '70's but I don't know when it closed.

Prunepicker
04-23-2008, 08:58 PM
In 1975, I worked at a little diner near downtown - either Hudson or Harvey - I think around 13th or south of 13th. It has been gone a long time, but it was set up with a long counter and a few booths. The cook was visible to the diners and all the waitresses had to give the orders by yelling to the cook the "old-fashioned diner" way - i.e. - "two men on a raft" meant something with eggs and toast, etc.

I was a waitress there for about 2 months just prior to entering the Air Force. This was the time of my life when I had hard-partying nights and days in somewhat of a cannabis-induced fog, and I always screwed up the ordering, but back then I was cute, blonde and very friendly, so the businessmen who came in liked me and tipped well. I know I usually worked from 5 AM to 10 AM.

I simply cannot remember the name or exact location of the diner! Anyone?

It sounds like it was the Busy Bee ? If so it was catty-corner from the Sieber on NW 12th and Hudson. I can't remember her name but she was short. Later it was Delgado's Mexican restaurant.

Johnnie and Julia sold the place when they retired around that time. It was then called Johnnie's Topper Burger. They were very nice people. He made the pies, too. The sink was out of view from the patrons, thank goodness.

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