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Notes on the Geography of Oklahoma: Core Norman, 2017: Photo 24

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So here's the first block of East Main in mid-2017. Originally there were two lanes of traffic, with median and curb parking. The street was converted to four narrow lanes (each only 9 feet wide) in the 1950s. In 1973 it went one-way, with three 12-foot lanes. It's stayed that way ever since.

The Sooner Theater, designed by its owner, the architect Harold Gimeno, opened as a movie theater in 1929 and offered refrigerated air at a time when there wasn't a lot of it around. The theater closed in 1975; at that time it still belonged to Gimeno. The city bought it and turned it over at a nominal rent to a non-profit live-theater company, which renovated the building and reopened it in 1982.

The blockbusting Vista Building is from 1965. It's won a string of international design awards. (If you believe me, I have a bridge for sale.)

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