765 Asp Avenue,
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Architects: Jack M. Corgan, William J. Moore Jr.
Firms: Corgan & Moore
Functions: Office Space
Styles: Streamline Moderne
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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As a warm up band for Jerry Jeff Walker my group also played onstage at the Boomer.
Cinema listed on this page is actually Norman’s second Boomer Theter.
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…
There is a good possibility the second Boomer was built on the site as the University Theatre.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Boomer Sooner Fight Song -
This informative site has both vintage and modern shots of the first Boomer Theatre
First BOOMER THEATER 1942-1948, 784 Asp, Norma, OK.
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
Here is a recent image of the 1947 Boomer Theater from google maps,
The first Boomer Theater can be seen across the street, now Apothem Sooner Sportswear.