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Citizens Bank of Edmond is showing off some shots of their future home in Midtown. The bank will be joining Barrio’s and Hall’s Pizza Kitchen at the former Swanson’s Tire building.

- From Stephen Tyler on Twitter

Speaking of Citizens Bank, they are continuing to make in-roads as a community partner in urban core of Oklahoma City, having played a critical role in the launch of Tower Theatre on NW 23, which is set to show movies for the first time in decades starting with a screening Monday night of the classic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” followed by "The Fifth Element" Tuesday night. Stephen Tyler has been showing off tests of the cutting edge projectors and screen over the past two weeks.

Movies shown at Tower Theatre Cinema will be a mix of classics, independent films and fan favorites. Movie-goers will enjoy films from the original Tower Theatre seats, completely renovated and reupholstered. Theatre snacks include popcorn, candy and a full bar.

Extensive cinema renovations included the installation of a state-of-the art, 4k digital projection system, surround sound and 25-foot ceiling recessed screen. In addition, Tower Theatre has future plans to restore the 1954 Philips Norelco DP70 projector, one of only 1500 ever produced, that played films at Tower Theatre from 1963 until 1986.  

For a complete listing of Tower Theatre Cinema showings visit www.TowerTheatreOKC.com. Tower Theatre Cinema tickets can be purchased at www.towertheatreokc.com or stopping by the Tower Theatre Box Office located on NW 23rd Street. Tower Theatre will open 30 minutes before showtime on movie nights. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, read my column from last week on the role Citizens Bank of Edmond played in overcoming a difficult financing of commercial development along NE 23:

http://newsok.com/city-is-investing-in-redemption/article/5571078

 

In other news, the battle over plans by the non-profit Oklahoma City Police Association to build a garage across from Bicentennial Park continue with a surprise twist:

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-parking-lot-swap-offered-to-stop-garage-across-from-park/article/5571738

The brewery scene continues to grow downtown:

http://newsok.com/vanessa-house-brewery-to-open-next-year-in-downtown-oklahoma-city/article/5571539

Also of interest.... 

- Oklahoman Food Editor Dave Cathey has a good update on Patronos, the Italian restaurant at the Avana apartments that has built up a following among patrons of the nearby Civic Center Music Hall:

http://newsok.com/patronos-perspective-more-than-pasta/article/5571118

 

- Oklahoman Real Estate Editor reports the AIA winners. No surprise the folks at Fitzsimmons Architects, Garnder Architects and Allford Hall Monagham Morris left with multiple honors. This generation of power hitters were just getting underway a decade ago but are now leaving an impressive imprint on downtown Oklahoma City:

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-architects-recognize-peers-in-annual-design-contest/article/5571714

 

Cool videos you may have missed:

Skyline Ink has created some amazing animation of upcoming projects downtown. Now the firm is about to move into one of the oldest spaces downtown as it is transformed into offices with a very unique view:

The bells are ringing again at St. Luke’s Methodist Church:

 

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First National Center - asbestos removal is underway, how to carefully remove, bit by bit, the east building to make way for a First National garage.

Commonplace Books to expand with a cafe

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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