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 July 15, 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. There are plans to reopen as a music venue in April 2016.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

kpdennis on September 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Local Oklahoma City newspaper story about the Tower Theater:

Cimarron on January 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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

Cimarron on January 27, 2014 at 3:39 am

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

Cimarron on January 29, 2014 at 2:59 am

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

Cimarron on February 23, 2014 at 3:45 am

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

Cimarron on March 8, 2014 at 5:17 am

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

Cimarron on July 15, 2014 at 3:14 am

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

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 10:23 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?)

DavidZornig on January 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm

The Tower Theater is shooting to reopen as a music venue in April.

Cimarron on January 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Well, hope OKC is supportive of this new endeaver as this old theater has become somewhat of a land mark. Thanks for posting.

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