Tower Theater

425 NW 23rd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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Tower Theater

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The Tower Theater 23rd Street entrance (another entrance was located off 24th Street) had a narrow facade, with an extemely long, shooting gallery style lobby which led into a large lobby located beneath a balcony.

Opened in 1937, the 1,500 seat, ornate auditorium had a complete working stage, pipe organ, and billowing, scarlet waterfall stage curtains.

It underwent renovations in 1953 and in 1968. The Tower Theater closed in 1989.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on December 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

What happened to “The Sound of Music” photo? There was a photo a couple years ago posted on this page of the Tower when it ran “The Sound of Music.” It was a great great shot showing the marquee and the entrance all decorated with huge posters of the film. Anyone know why the photo was deleted from this page?

Cimarron on August 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

1940’s photo of Tower Theatre added to photo section.

kpdennis on September 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Local Oklahoma City newspaper story about the Tower Theater:

Cimarron on January 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

1963 Pic of Tower on a Rainey Day, added to photo section.

Cimarron on January 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

1965 Pic of Tower Playing “Sound of Music” added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on January 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Pic of Tower Theater in 1964, playing The Unsinkable Molly Brown added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on February 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

1965 “Sound Of Music” Ad included in Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Pic of Tower Theater, Oklahoma City, Night Time, Showing “Sound Of Music” added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on July 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Pic of Marquee and crowd in line for showing of “Unsinkable Molly Brown” uploaded in Photo Section.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Tower. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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