Dreamland Theatre

127 N. Greenwood Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74120

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

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Dreamland Theatre

The Dreamland Theatre was located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. It served African American audiences and showed live musical and theatrical revues as well as silent films. It seated 750 and was operated by John and Loula Williams.

During the Race Riot in April 1921, the Dreamland Theatre was one of the places that community members gathered during the chaos to organize and develop a plan of action. Ultimately, the theatre was destroyed when 35 city blocks of Greenwood burned as a result of arson during the riot. It was rebuilt and operated into the 1950’s as an African-American movie theatre.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 2:03 pm

The Dreamland Theatrer was rebuilt after the June 1921 race riots. It is listed in later Film Daily Yearbooks 1931-1932 and 1940 -1955 as being a negro theatre, with a seating capacity of 612.

xxx on July 8, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Interesting info on North Tulsa theatre history, including the Dreamland, can be found here;
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JohnMcConnel on October 11, 2006 at 5:17 pm

The Tulsa Dreamland’s owner also owned the Dreamland in Okmulgee, OK, and the Dreamland in Muskogee, OK.

DavidZornig on June 3, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Article about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in which the Dreamland and other theatres were burned in the are known as Black Wall Street.


Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 5, 2021 at 12:53 pm

The CNN documentary “Dreamland: the Burning of Black Wall Street” recounts quite powerfully the events of the 1921 Greenwood massacre and has numerous references to the theatre and a recurring image of the place.

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