Bradley Wynn is hoping to get some assistance from the public in capturing the history of old Film Row on, go figure, film (photos will suffice).
This area has an incredible history as one of the country’s regional film distribution hubs in the days when film cannisters had to be transported by train for screenings at theaters. Most of the major studios had Art Deco branches along W Sheridan (then Grand Avenue). The big names included Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and RKO. The advent of jet travel, television, changes in film distribution spelled an end to these districts. Oklahoma City, I’m told, has the the last surviving example of what was once a circuit of 36 film districts.
For the past 40 years the area has been known as skid row, but it’s changing with increasing speed as homeless missions move further west of downtown and owners are renovating their buildings and creative firms are moving in. To get a summary of what’s going on, go here.
If you can help Bradley, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.