1901 N. Classen Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: Clarence Castleman Bulger
Functions: Office Space
Styles: Gothic Revival
Previous Names: Vogue Theatre
The Victoria Theatre was opened July 4, 1928 with Pola Negri in “Three Sinners”. It was equipped with a Barton pipe organ which was opened by organist I. Newton Yates. In January 1950 it was briefly renamed Vogue Theatre when it was taken over by a repertory theatre company. The Victoria Theatre was still open as a movie theatre in 1956, but had closed by 1957. It was converted into a TV studio for KTVO - Channel 25.
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Check out the web site for Oklahman Archives to see great images of the Victoria Theatre. A fantastic architectural drawing of the Gothic auditorium is shown January 29, 1928, and an exterior photo can be seen July 4, 1928.
More recent photos of this beautiful building:
Here is an article dated 1/8/50 from the Daily Oklahoman:
‘Claudia’ to Be first Stock Company Show at the Vogue
EXTENSIVE redecoration and refurnishing is under way at the
Vogue theater, formerly the Victoria and still later used as a church, which returns soon to the entertainment field. The neighborhood playhouse at Classen and NW 17 opens January
24 with a stock company presenting six shows a week, drawn from
the established hits of recent years. First offering of The Piper Players will be “Claudia,” long a favorite with theater goers. Succeeding productions will be of equal caliber.
The Piper Players, a company of 20, have had wide experience In
stage presentations on both coasts and are now on a successful road
tour of the midwest. Charles Freeman, general manager of The Cooper
Foundation theaters here, has booked them for an extended stay
on the theory the city is ready for legitimate theater again.
Price scales have not been decided, but they will be in the popular
Here’s a then and now shot of the building. The “then” was taken soon after it opened in 1928, and the now was taken in 2009:
Here is an early notice about the Victoria Theatre, from Motion Picture News of October 28, 1927:
July 4th, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.
Beautiful building. I wish this theater would re-open showing classic movies such as the Castro Theater does in San Francisco. Sure there would be an audience for this being that 23rd St and the Plaza area has experienced a revival. The storefronts deserve better, too.
Full page ad below: (Zoomable) Victoria theatre opening Wed, Jul 4, 1928 – 7 · The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) · Newspapers.com
Became Vogue on January 24th, 1950 and closed later in 1950. Grand opening ad in the photo section.
Clarence Castleman Bulger, architect of the Victoria Theatre, began his career in 1903 as the junior partner in the firm of C. W. Bulger & Son, after completing his BA degree at the University of Chicago. His father, Charles William Bulger, died in 1922.
Clarence Bulger was best known for designing churches, he and his father between them having completed more than 75 of them in at least 20 states. They also designed many impressive houses for well-to-do clients, and what is considered the first skyscraper in Texas, the 15-story Praetorian Building in Dallas, completed in 1909. Clarence Bulger died in 1956.