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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 128 (116)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 128
Page 128

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 128

Decoration Where It Is Appreciated Exemplified in Oklahoma City

The May Theatre

The May Theatre in Oklahoma City, owned and operated by Gridith Theatres of the same place, was designed by Jack Corgan. The house is L-shaped, with the auditorium position 62 by 135 feet.

The building, whose approximate cost, exclusive of ground, was $75,000, is constructed with a steel frame, masonry walls faced with brick, steel roof, and concrete floors. The houses was completed and operating in approximately three months.

The exterior is dominated by a sign tower with the main part of the theatre face brick. It is a modern design, very striking in the front elevation. At night, as an accompanying picture will show, the neon-decorated tower and name lets

THE MAY THEATRE is dominated by a sign lower, with. the three letters

ters, as well as the attraction boards on the marquee can be plainly seen over long distances.

The wall box otiice provides for an unobstructed entrance way about which have been placed several display frames for current and coming pictures.

The interior of the theatre is modern in treatment, with indirect cove lights, and an extremely modern concession stand. The lobby is unusually large to take care of the large crowds frequenting the theatre.

The auditorium, which seats 950, has a plain ceiling of suspended acoustic tile, and the walls are ornamented by a decorative treatment by light coves which are used for running lights emanating

from light coves in the walls.

The theatre was to have had installed a gas-fired heating system and a refrigeration-type air-conditioning plant installed by United States Air Conditioning Corporation.

The May Theatre further emphasizes what can be done in the creating of theatricalism with drawing power, by developing an exterior which naturally becomes the focus of attention. On the inside, the same attractiveness is emphasizedebut mainly on those areas more or less always seen under general illumination, and less on those portions of the structure that are normally darkened during the actual running of the show.

sottit continues over the vestibule area on the right of which is the box

at the theatre name set in neonarimmed squares seeming to fly, pennant- office. Five large display frames, arranged to hold a variety 0! poster like, from the main shalt at the tower. an ettect more pronounced by day than by night. The marquee has two three-line program boards. The

material, announce the attractions on the eye level ot the passerby. Two colors of facing brick are used on the Fifteenth Street side of the theatre.


1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 128