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Art museum re-creating historic theater's opening-night double feature



In 2000, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art purchased the historic Centre Theater in downtown Oklahoma City. The derelict building " which had been left to rats, rain and transients for a quarter of a century " was extensively renovated into the fine facility the museum occupies today.

In recognition of the historic site, the museum will celebrate the Centre Theater's 60th anniversary on Saturday by re-creating its opening-night double feature, which screened on Christmas Day in 1947.

"Magic Town," starring James Stewart and Jane Wyman, and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff, will be shown, along with Universal newsreels and two cartoons " an idea museum film curator Brian Hearn said he has had since the museum purchased the building. 

"People had forgotten about this building being downtown, and so from the time we got into the building, people would tell us stories about the theater, mostly personal anecdotes," Hearn said. "It told us there were memories lingering in generations of people's minds in this city."

Tickets to the Centre Theater's 60th anniversary celebration are $30, and include the double feature and a souvenir booklet with a DVD of the museum's documentary on the Centre's history.

Advance tickets are available by calling 278-8237. "Mike Robertson

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