The Norman Transcript

Local news

March 14, 2013

Theater owner sets record straight

NORMAN — Bill Warren of Warren Theatre said after reading a story in Wednesday’s Transcript, he wanted to set the record straight regarding the location of the $30 million movie theater in Moore.

“The thing about the current mayor rejecting Warren Theatre is a bald-faced lie,” Warren said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I read your article. I don’t know either candidate, but this is a lie.”

Warren said he wants to put the rumors to rest once and for all.

“We never approached the city government in Norman for one simple reason, and that’s because there is already an existing movie theater there,” he said. “I’m not trying to inject myself into local politics, but it was a lie.”

The Warren Theatre outgrosses any theater in a 10-state area, he said. And the IMAX at Moore is the No. 1 IMAX in America and Canada.

“It outgrosses New York,” Warren said. “When it opened, the first week it opened, it had the highest gross of any IMAX in the world.”

The Moore City Council approved $2 million in sales tax rebates for the IMAX theater and a restaurant as an incentive.

“The Moore people, Deidre Ebry, the mayor, the city council — it’s more than just incentives,” Warren said. “They have been fantastic, and I use that in capital letters.”

Warren said his relationship with Moore city leaders has evolved from business into a friendship.

“It has been a wonderful partnership that has evolved,” he said. “It’s not just the money. It’s the ability to work with city government and know that it’s to both our advantages,” he said.

Warren said he suspects he knows where the rumor about Norman got started.

“There is a female mayor that rejected Warren Theatres,” he said. “I don’t remember her name, but we approached the mayor of Edmond, had a meeting with her and she was polite, but she basically said, ‘We don’t want a big movie theater.’ That’s how we ended up in Moore.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014

  • First Junior Police Academy class graduates

    The Norman Police Department will host a graduation ceremony for its first Norman Junior Police Academy class today....

    July 24, 2014

  • More than 700 to receive clothing, school supplies

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Citizens Caring for Children will host a two-day Back-to-School shopping event for school-aged children in foster care living in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie counties....

    July 24, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 2:36 a.m. assault report, 700 block of Stinson Street · 7:32 a.m. larceny report, 5400 block of Huettner Drive · 8:30 a.m. larceny report, 800 block of North ...

    July 24, 2014