Did you know that OKC’s Film Row is the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S. and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007?
At the dawn of the film age, Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue where theater owners came to view and lease films. Today, you can catch a flick at an old Paramount Pictures distribution warehouse, Paramount OKC, or grab a glass of wine and gourmet pizza in an old film exchange building at Joey's Pizzeria. Each month during Premiere on Film Row, the streets are packed with Oklahoma Citians excited to see the live music, films and more.
This month, enjoy the inaugural Ralph Ellison Festival. The event will feature a wine and jazz reception, festival book fair, readings from international touring poet Lauren Zuniga and live music from Gregory Jerome and others at several venues throughout Film Row.