Downtown Oklahoma City building to become site for food, drink and movies

Published Friday, March 30, 2018
by Steve Lackmeyer

The founders of Bleu Garten are set to open a two-screen cinema pub later this year at the crossroads of Film Row, Midtown and the SoSA neighborhood.

Hunter Wheat and Lacey Pritchard spent two years looking for a spot to open a theater that could also double as a bar and restaurant. Wheat said he was inspired by the cinema pubs in Oregon.

“They have a bunch of these cinema pubs they've converted these old buildings into,” Wheat said. “And when I was a kid, well, 23 years old, that was my favorite thing to do — pay three bucks to watch a football game, get a pitcher of beer and go with friends.”

The pair looked at locations throughout downtown, and after a couple of years they decided to instead first start a food truck park. Bleu Garten, at NW 10 and Hudson, is now considered the most successful such operation in the city if not the state.

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