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Adam Martin
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From: Dallas, TX
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 - posted November 26, 2004 09:21 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
This is the address I have, but the building says "Norman State Bank".

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Lauren Grubb
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 - posted May 31, 2005 03:50 PM      Profile for Lauren Grubb   Author's Homepage   Email Lauren Grubb         Edit/Delete Post 
I'm curious about this one. Did the address specify E or W Main Street? I know the numbers count up from each side of the railroad tracks. Also, it seems that the numbering system has changed since the early days of the city. For example, I have seen the first OU building described in publications as being at 1 West Main Street. The building is now described as being at 2XX West Main Street. Could the Oklahoman be a previous name of the Sooner Theater? Of course this is all just speculation.

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Jeff Chapman
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 - posted June 07, 2005 04:46 PM      Profile for Jeff Chapman   Email Jeff Chapman         Edit/Delete Post 
During the early 1970's when I worked at the Sooner Theatre, an "old timer" projectionist took me on a tour of (former) Norman Main Street theatres. There were three; Sooner, University, and Varsity. The Varsity, then used as a mens wear shop, was located almost directly across the street from the Sooner and still had a gracefully arched marquee. Another was one block East of the Sooner, on the North side of Main, and had once been the University Theatre, but at that time was a staionary shop. Alley views still identify all these buildings as fromer cinemas by their heavy metal exit doors that flank each side of these structures.

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Jeff Chapman
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 - posted June 10, 2005 06:42 PM      Profile for Jeff Chapman   Email Jeff Chapman         Edit/Delete Post 
Oh yes, I forget to mention that the large furniture store that stands two buildings East of the Sooner Theatre was once the Norman Opera House.

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