Williams Dreamland Theatre
127 N. Greenwood Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company
The Williams Dreamland Theatre was located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. It opened on August 30, 1914 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 on April 1, 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 as the New Dreamland Theatre (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures) and operated into the 1950’s as an African-American movie theatre.
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