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Hoka Cinema, The

While The Hoka no longer exists, it was a beloved movie theatre, venue, restaurant, and hang out in Oxford, MS from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s. It was operated by local raconteur Ron Shapiro, and frequented by residents, artists, writers, travelers, and all comers. It was an embodiment of "different."

The Stories

2004 interview with Ron Shapiro by Amy Evans for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

"Sorry We're Open" - Hoka Documentary by Joe York. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

"The theatre opened in 1974. The Hoka was a long corrugated building with a walkway that extended perhaps 2/3 its length to street level in the north. A single door was at that end; midway was a short roofed porch with a paned double doorway. To the left of those doors was the Hoka logo, a winged Chickasaw princess." ...

Credit to: Jesse Yancy (

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