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July 12, 2013

Robinson Crossing 6, Norman’s dollar theater, closes its doors

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NORMAN —

University students will also miss the theater.

“Before we had kids and were starving students, that was affordable for a young couple,” Fisher said.

Stephen Tyler Holman said he and his younger brother went to the movies at Robinson Crossing every Sunday evening.

“It was a good cheaper alternative,” Holman said. “When I was a kid, it was the regular theater. It was state of the art. It’s a historic piece of the community.”

Holman remembers seeing “Batman Returns” at the Robinson.

“I’ve been to a lot of movies there,” said Holman. “I am glad to have been there at the last and to have been able to see one of the last movies that was showing.”

Dollar theaters also provide a second chance for theatergoers to catch a movie they may have missed on the first time through. The six-screen dollar theater had 1,250 seats. Nearby the Hollywood Spotlight has 14 screens and 3,000 stadium seats.

Among the blockbuster movies to run at Robinson Crossing during its years as a first-run AMC theater was the 1993 sci fi flick, “Jurassic Park,” the highest-grossing film of the time.

Norman has had its share of movie theaters come and go, including Rancho Drive-In and Riverside Drive-In both of which are long since closed. A 1950 Norman phone book lists those two drive-ins and five theaters — Boomer, Oklahoma, Sooner, University, and Varsity.

An online site dedicated to documenting movie theaters, cinematreasures.org, reports that in addition to the two drive-ins, there have been 13 movie theaters in Norman:

· Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main Street, was built in 1929 designed in Spanish Colonial/Mission style and had around 650 seats. It stopped showing movies in 1975 and was put on the historic register in 1978. It now serves the performing arts.

· The first Boomer theater was at 764 Asp Ave. in Campus Corner. It opened as Campus Theatre and may have been housed inside existing retail space. By 1942, cinematreasures.org indicates it had become Boomer Theater. It had a single screen and 357 seats.

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