Yale Theater

Will Rogers Boulevard,
Claremore, OK 74017

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Vintage 1930’s photos illustrate that the Yale Theater was a true “Ugly Duckling” story. Originally built inside what appeared to be a former stone livery stable the Yale Theater was quite homely. Then in 1936 the Yale Theater was completely refurbished in smart Art Deco styling, transforming it into a beautiful swan.

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seymourcox
seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

To view before & after shots type in word “yale”, then search,
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raybradley
raybradley on September 2, 2007 at 2:49 am

Claremore, Oklahoma, is an interesting and picturesque place.
This was Will Rogers birth place, hometown, and where he is entombed.
Claremore is the setting for two succesful Broadway plays that were also made into Hollywood films; “OKLAHOMA!”, and “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.
Oklahoma Military Academy is located here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 7:42 pm

It looks like this Art Deco theater in Claremore was on Western Avenue, according to the street sign. It was renamed to honor Will Rogers in 1947. Is this the Yale?
http://tinyurl.com/6rrnvl

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Listed in 1955 as the Yale Theater with 608 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

The Yale is listed in 1940 with 636 seats so I doubt that is a photo of this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2008 at 6:06 am

The Will Rogers Theater in that photo is probably the one on North Western Avenue in Oklahoma City.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 22, 2009 at 9:58 am

YES! That photo link posted 11-28-08 is an image of the OKC Will Rogers Theater located on Western Ave.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2010 at 5:13 am

The Yale Theatre was indeed located in a former livery stable, and the stable had been built in 1902 by Clem V. Rogers, Will Rogers' father. In 1915, it was converted into a garage, and soon after that into a movie theater, according to this Boxoffice magazine article of August 20, 1938. The drastic Deco/Moderne makeover done in the 1930s was designed by the Dallas architectural firm Corgan & Moore.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Historic photos of the former Yale Theatre can be viewed here;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/286

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