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Mon, 02.02.1920

The Aldridge Theater, (Oklahoma City) Opens

Aldridge Theater

*The Aldridge Theater was opened on this date in 1920.  This was a Black own business in Oklahoma City, OK.  It opened with Sam De Grasse in “Blind Husbands”. It initially presented vaudeville as well as movies.

It was part of the TOBA chain of Black owned theatres, owned by Zelia Breaux.  In the late-1920’s Count Basie and Gonzelle White’s band played there. From the 1940’s thru the 1950’s it was a movie theatre having dropped live performances.

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