John Cofield

Published on April 10th, 2023 | by John Cofield


John Cofield’s Photo of the Week: “The Hoka Theatre”

“The late-night viewings of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ were epic! Audience participation was phenomenal! Flying toast, rice, water, hotdogs, and watching the movie while ketchup oozed down the screen. “Bitch!, Bastard!” Name me another theater where dogs just wandered in among a mixture of seating: rocking chairs, old church pews, Sealtest milk crates, and 2×4 amateur-made benches. At the center of it all was Ron himself, evermore the entertainer and part town crier and another part carnival barker, introducing the movies and making them sound exciting like we were privileged to be there.” Timothy Pruit

The Hoka Theatre – Photograph by Tom Rankin – © Tom Rankin

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About the Author

John Cofield grew up in Oxford. He is a local historian and author. John is the son of renowned University photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J. R. "Colonel" Cofield, was William Faulkner's personal photographer, and for decades was Ole Miss annual photographer. Four generations of the Cofield family have contributed to Oxford's pictorial history.

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