Boomer Theater

765 Asp Avenue,
Norman, OK 73069

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Boomer Theatre  Norman OK June 1996

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Opened in 1947, the Boomer Theater building is located on Campus Corner near the corner of Boyd Street and Asp Avenue. It was the second theatre in town to be named ‘Boomer’ and was located across the street from the first Boomer Theatre (formerly the Campus Theatre). It is no longer in use as a theater, but the sign remains.

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raybradley
raybradley on March 12, 2007 at 10:51 am

As a warm up band for Jerry Jeff Walker my group also played onstage at the Boomer.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on March 22, 2007 at 6:29 am

Cinema listed on this page is actually Norman’s second Boomer Theter.

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 2, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Below will bring up period images of the Campus (AKA-first Boomer) Theatre, and the second Boomer. Photo captions claim the first and second Boomer were one and the same. Obviously they were two different cinemas. In search field enter word “theatre”, then hit enter…
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There is a good possibility the second Boomer was built on the site as the University Theatre.

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 25, 2009 at 11:58 am

Google maps (street view) proves that the University Theatre was not at the same location as the Boomer Theatre. In downtown Norman the University Theatre Building still stands on the North side of E. Main St., just West of Crawford, but was converted to retail use many decades ago.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 6, 2010 at 9:20 am

For those knowledgeable with the independent music scene in the late 1970s through mid-1980s, the Boomer Theatre was a dynamite concert venue in Norman. I worked at a south Oklahoma City mall then that sold tickets for the hall, and I attended many shows there. Talking Heads, The Specials, XTC, Buzzcocks, The Cramps, George Thorogood, Al DiMeola, Gentle Giant are a few of the shows I recall – not a bad seat in the house, but no air conditioning to speak of in the summer.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

And for further transformations: the clothing retailers who used the venue for years filed bankruptcy in 2008; the Boomer is now to become a Chipotle Mexican Grill location:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Photos of the Boomer and three other Corgan-designed theaters appeared in Boxoffice of December 6, 1947. The other houses featured in the article (on the two previous pages) are the Agnew and May theatres in Oklahoma City, and the Plains, Rosswell, New Mexico.

raybradley
raybradley on July 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

This informative site has both vintage and modern shots of the first Boomer Theatre
First BOOMER THEATER 1942-1948, 784 Asp, Norma, OK.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/466
And also views of the scecond Boomer Theatre built across the street from the first Boomer
Second BOOMER THEATER 1948-1981, 765 Asp, Norman, OK
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/467

raybradley
raybradley on March 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Here is a recent image of the 1947 Boomer Theater from google maps,
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The first Boomer Theater can be seen across the street, now Apothem Sooner Sportswear.

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