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    I drove by the old Le'Ora's yesterday and saw this:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2572616...in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2572616...in/photostream

    I know that the building is coming down, but surely this gem can be saved....

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    Wow...




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    What were these other buildings next to the Jewel Theatre?

    StreetView

    Would Pete mind moving a lot of the posts from the Morgan Building thread to this one?

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    A 'Jewel' In the Rough, or Dilapidated?

    Posted: Mar 09, 2012 6:25 PM CST Updated: Mar 09, 2012 8:35 PM CST
    By Darren Brown, News 9

    A piece of Oklahoma City's history is in jeopardy, its fate hanging on a city council decision.

    Oklahoma City's Jewel Theater is all that's left of the once-bustling black business district along NE 4th St. It was opened in 1931 by Percy James, one of the district's early entrepreneurs. The James family also owned other theaters and the old Jay-Kola soda company that lasted until the 1960s.

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    I know this might be thread digging, but is there any hope for the Jewel Theatre? Or do you see it coming down soon?

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    still standing

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    Happy to resurrect this thread with this:

    http://newsok.com/first-glimpse-of-p...rticle/5552629


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    The Jewel Theater, it was a jewel in its hey day.

    Saw a number of movies ln the late 50s-60s (.25 - .50 cent admissions); Dracula (Bela Lugosi) , Curse of Frankenstein (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing), The Wolf Man (Lon Cheney Jr.,), 50 Foot Woman, The Incredible Shrinking Man & Three Stooges Meet Hercules were among the most enjoyable.

    The most memorable movie: The Tingler.




    They warned us, no one knew what was in store...
    Let's not forget the The Tinger (Vincent Price), for special effects, recall them dragging a fake creature that resembled The Tinger up the middle aisle (as the movie concluded). Panic ensued, it cleared the Jewel Theater causing considerable damage to the seats; many patrons incurred minor injuries as they exited the theater.

    Recall times we (children) had to walk home west on 4th Street past two funeral homes (same block, several doors west)--McKay-Davis & Rolfe. For those who lived near 6th & Kelley, there stood Temple Funeral Home, a 3-story monster within itself; just image what it was like for us to leave the Jewel Theater following a movie like "The Bride of Dracula," while Temple Funeral Home employees were unloading a covered body on the lower level decomposing room entrance or casket deliveries.


    The whole area was a jewel, The Aldridge Theater on deuce (2nd) and The Jewel on the quarter (4th) were truly jewels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    The Jewel Theater, it was a jewel in its hey day.

    Saw a number of movies ln the late 50s-60s (.25 - .50 cent admissions); Dracula (Bela Lugosi) , Curse of Frankenstein (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing), The Wolf Man (Lon Cheney Jr.,), 50 Foot Woman, The Incredible Shrinking Man & Three Stooges Meet Hercules were among the most enjoyable.

    The most memorable movie: The Tingler.




    They warned us, no one knew what was in store...
    Let's not forget the The Tinger (Vincent Price), for special effects, recall them dragging a fake creature that resembled The Tinger up the middle aisle (as the movie concluded). Panic ensued, it cleared the Jewel Theater causing considerable damage to the seats; many patrons incurred minor injuries as they exited the theater.

    Recall times we (children) had to walk home west on 4th Street past two funeral homes (same block, several doors west)--McKay-Davis & Rolfe. For those who lived near 6th & Kelley, there stood Temple Funeral Home, a 3-story monster within itself; just image what it was like for us to leave the Jewel Theater following a movie like "The Bride of Dracula," while Temple Funeral Home employees were unloading a covered body on the lower level decomposing room entrance or casket deliveries.


    The whole area was a jewel, The Aldridge Theater on deuce (2nd) and The Jewel on the quarter (4th) were truly jewels.
    Great post. I'd love to hear more about the area and life in general in those days.

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    Is the renovation of this theatre still on?

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    oops, dupe

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    Is there any updates in this area of the city? Other than the Page Woodson Apartments are there any other plans to revitalize this area? I would think with Page Woodson being completed it would spark some type of development around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbrafford View Post
    Is there any updates in this area of the city? Other than the Page Woodson Apartments are there any other plans to revitalize this area? I would think with Page Woodson being completed it would spark some type of development around here.
    A group of developers is trying to pull together a massive project that would be directly south of Page Woodson:

    https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44613

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