Theaters and Stars of a Bygone Era

Barbara Merkley

Editor’s Notice: In collaboration with the Bartlesville Region Historical past Museum, the Examiner-Organization has revived the late Edgar Weston’s ‘Revisiting the Past’ columns that ran in the newspaper from 1997-99. Weston’s columns recount the history of Bartlesville as nicely as Washington, Nowata and Osage counties.

Theaters feel to develop in the strategies and minds of men and women and some proceed to establish until finally they are a actuality, but some continue to be in the setting up stage. 

The Crown Theatre, developed March 4, 1937, on the site of the old Mueller Components Retail outlet at 318 S. Johnstone Ave. had its grand opening on May possibly 13, 1937. 

The premier, most elite theater in Bartlesville was planned by C.E. Burlingame and the Maire Brothers, homeowners of the Maire Lodge at 4th Street and Johnstone Avenue. They planned to have an elaborate entrance and marquee soaring up 70 toes that could be viewed at a fantastic length across Bartlesville. The architects drawings had been rather elaborate and terrific options had been designed in planning for the commencing of building.  

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