Thanks to Tom Smeltzer we now know that our Rook Theater was actually not the first Rook Theater. Tom remembered The Rook Theatre in Watonga, where he grew up. It turns out The Rook Theater there was built by Charles Rook (Elmer Rook’s brother) in 1927. He subsequently sold it to the Terry family who operated it until it’s closure in November 1985. Bob Rook believes another of Elmer’s brothers, Emerit, owned theaters in Florida. Looks like our Rook may be the last Rook Theater though. As the Friends of the Rook prepare to reopen the theater and celebrate the…

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