Let’s go to the movies!


A brief history of Bryan County theaters, 1906-1956

By Mary E. Maurer - Special to the Democrat



The Plaza on North Third Avenue in downtown Durant is now occupied by the Bryan County District Attorney’s Office.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

A vintage ad for the Bea Vert.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

A vintage ad for Colonial Theatre.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

Shown is a vintage ad for the R and R Liberty Theatre.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

A vintage ad for The Orpheum.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

Shown is a vintage ad for the Plaza.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

Shown is a vintage ad for Metro Durant.


Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

No doubt you’ve heard the dire prediction that the demise of the movie theater is now just a matter of when and where we will hold the last one’s funeral. There are just too many other entertainment options – theaters can’t possibly survive. Guess again. That gloom and doom warning has been around since 1925
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