2008 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
118 W Harrison|
Guthrie OK 73044
|Record #8831 |
Capacity: 854 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Melba|
| Previously operated by: Video Independent Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ann Clark.
Built in 1901 as the Patterson Furniture Store. In 1919, George A. Pollard purchased the building and converted it into a vaudeville house.
It ran vaudeville shows and silent films until 1929, when it was refurbished to show talkies. The theatre was then rechristened the Melba, after a local citizen's daughter and hailed as Oklahoma's first all-sound motion picture theatre. The Powell family, now owners of Guthrie's drive-in theatre, operated the Melba until 1986.
The latest renovation of the building began in January 1986, with over $500,000 donated by private industry and foundations and a $120,000 Urban Development Grant. This renovation provided a home for Oklahoma's resident professional theatre company.
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May 2008 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
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