The Rialto/Kiowa/Esquire Theater Hobart, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 01.419 W 099° 05.596
14S E 491491 N 3875669
Quick Description: This theater operated for 53 years, but is silent today.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 1/13/2020 2:31:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM11YZF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
This theater was constructed in 1930 in the Spanish Mission style. It is a one-story brick building with a flat roof, with areas of stucco. At the center of the facade a recessed bay has five small arched windows, with a two-row terra cotta tile faux roof. The outer bays each have a large multi-paned arched window.

The theater opened in 1930 as the Rialto. In 1936, the name was changed to the Kiowa Theater and operated under this name till the 1950's. The V-shaped marquee was constructed at this time. At the top of the two sides of the marquee the new name "ESQUIRE" is written in scrip. The theater entry has two aluminum and glass doors, flanked by large sidelights. At either end of the facade are storefronts. The single-screen theater was converted to two screens in 1970 and was the first Oklahoma theater to be converted to two screens. The theater closed approximately 1983. The theater appears to be vacant, and peering inside, it was in disarray. The marquee at the time of our visit had advertising for the town, and also the High School graduation.

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Year Theater Opened: 1930

Number of Screen(s): 2

Concessions Available: no

Web site: [Web Link]

Ticket Price (local currency): Not Listed

Matinee Price (local currency): Not Listed

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