Gaiety Theatre

215 W. Reno Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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The Gaiety Theatre was one of a cluster of theatres located West Reno Avenue. It opened in the early 1900’s and was located on West Reno Avenue at South Robinson. The other theatres that I found in the two block area of Reno was the Isis, Joy and Reno. The Gaiety from what I have found closed sometime in the late 50’s. Any further information on the Gaiety would be appreciated.

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seymourcox
seymourcox on February 18, 2007 at 6:02 am

Want to hear peppy samples of classic burlesque bump-n-grind tunes like the ones played inside OKC’s Gaiety? If so, then click on web link below;
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Rodney
Rodney on June 10, 2007 at 4:45 am

By word of mouth the memory of the old Gaiety Burlesque Theatre still lives on. Many an old timer still talk about how the Gaiety always staged a rollicking good show.
Here is a most amusing site centered around burlesque history
http://www.anatomyofburlesque.com/

seymourcox
seymourcox on August 2, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Below link has period views of the Gaiety Theatre exterior, lobby, and auditorium. In search field type in words “gaiety agnew”, then hit enter.
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NOTE-a couple of those 1950 interior shots are mistakenly labelled Agnew Theatre. It’s not hard to figure out what shots go with the shabby Gaiety.

Rodney
Rodney on October 30, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Listen on this site to an actual Gypsy Rose Lee strip routine -
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provided on this site -
http://www.unicornmeat.com/

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 10, 2007 at 9:50 am

Since the Gaiety was a first class burlesque house the house orchestra often played more sophisticaed music,
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and then there were also snappy burleque tunes like this,
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All from this fun album,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on October 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

This site presents good examples of routines performed on the Gaiety stage by burlesque queens.
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on December 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Hear this good example of a strip tease tune …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmTYdousWkg

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on June 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

This montage is an updated version of burlesque vintage strip routines …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdt0aLl3Bg

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Found on this fantastic web site are vintage photos of the old Gaeity Burlesque Theatre.
Looks as if these shots were taken after an interior update, but a trace of the original Japanese design still peeked through.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/543

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