perfectly sane cat lady *twitch* (monsterbrain) wrote in abandonedplaces,
perfectly sane cat lady *twitch*

Film Exchange Row, Oklahoma City

As mentioned in my previous post, the Film Exchange in downtown Oklahoma City was a regional distribution point for films. Theater owners came to view and rent films that were available for them to show at their theaters.

This was the lobby area, with a built-in counter. (Freestanding glass display counters are being stored in that room, and I guess they came from elsewhere.) I don't know what was done behind the counter. It probably wasn't ticket sales, because the public was not allowed into film screenings.

See the Sno-Kone sign in this one?

These shelves were too new to be part of the original design.

In an older, more run-down part of an adjoining building, I found these really cool doors.


Upstairs in one of the buildings (can't recall if it was the Exchange proper, or one of the adjoining buildings) there were lots of lightweight shelves and built-in wooden cabinets. No idea what was kept here, but it was really insanely hot! (Thin roof in an Oklahoma summer. Go figure.)

Now here's the good part-- The film vaults! As late as the mid-1950s, film was made of cellulose nitrate, which was extremely flammable, extremely hard to put out if it did catch fire, and released extremely toxic gases on burning. And film prints are very expensive. (Today, a feature-length 35mm film print costs $2,000 and up!) Hence, they REALLY didn't want their supply of movies to catch on fire. (Incidentally, projectionists were highly-trained and often unionized back in the day-- It took a lot of care to run flammable film through a projector containing a hot light bulb!)
Film vaultroom entry door:

A 4-picture 360 of the vaultroom:

As you can see, there were three small vaults within this vaultroom. Here's the door to Vault #1:

And inside Vault #1 (Hard to tell scale here, but it's about the size of a walk-in closet. I assume there used to be shelves in there, laden with hundreds of movies.)

Finally, here are some closer shots of the door leading to the outside from the vaultroom, and a window.

Thanks for looking!
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