Dixie Theater

120 N. Greenwood Avenue,
Tulsa, OK

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The Dixie Theater was a white-owned theater in the Greenwood Business District (an African American district) of Tulsa. In the 1920s, the Dixie was the second largest theater in Tulsa with a seating capacity of 1000.

When the Race Riot broke out in 1921, black Tulsans were enjoying a play at the theater.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 9:40 pm

I have references made that the Dixie Theatre is listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s 1931-1933 and 1940 as a Negro theatre.

Okie
Okie on March 16, 2006 at 10:49 pm

Sorry to disagree, but during the 1920s the Dixie could not have possibly been the second largest theatre in Tulsa.
During the 20s the (1906) Grand Opera House had a seating capacity of 1200, (1912) Brady Theatre had a capacity of 4200,(1917, 4th St) Orpheum Theatre could seat 1400, (1922) Akdar Theatre held 1800, and (1926) Ritz Theatre opened with 2000 seats. Didn’t the (1907) Rialto seat well over 1000?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2008 at 10:42 pm

The building in the middle of the Google photo is Tee’s Barber Shop, 120 N. Greenwood. I don’t know if this is the original theater building.
http://tinyurl.com/8u2ubf

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Roadside Oklahoma site provides modern snapshots of the former Dixie Theatre.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/722

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