Yale Theater

227 SW 25th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

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Yale Theater, Oklahoma City, 1950's

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Located in the Capitol Hill area, the Capitol Hill Theater originally opened with 500 seats. It was enlarged in a remodel in 1946, to give a total seating capacity of 800. It most recently served as a venue for professional wrestling.

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Cimarron on January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

In my note above on Mar 3, I believe I found the architectural drawing of the out door theatre the Sam Caporal described to me back in the 50’s while working as an usher at the Yale.

Unfortunately, the sketch is not on a web site that I could find but, here is the pub info..

On page 37 of “OKLAHOMA CITY REDISCOVERED” by William D Welge, Arcadia Publishing, arcadiapublishing.com, Library of Congress Catalog Number 2007921381.

The sketch of the Yale has what looks like an outdoor theatre next to it called “AIRDOME” with what appears to be a ticket window on the front wall with a wide open entrance. The drawing has the name of
C. J. HANCOX, Architect. The information in the article indicates that the name was changed in 1921 from the Capitol Hill Theatre to the Yale Theatre… Interesting!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Usher at the Yale in the 50s. Some people have all the luck! Do you happen to know the current status of the building?



Cimarron on January 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm


Not sure of current status of Yale, I no longer reside in OKC but,
I went by there a couple years back and it looked to be closed as well as several of the near by buildings and stores. Unfortunately,
the entire area was in a state of decline. I did go into google earth and took a look see and there are some indication of it being used for something but, could not read the letters on the marque.

Yes, it was really cool in the 50’s!

Cimarron on January 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

Glad to see that the building is in use. Party House, it was kind of
a party house working with my other teen friends as we had a lot of fun at that theatre and even got paid.
Thanks Chuck!

raybradley on March 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

To see a 1951 look at the Yale Theatre when “FLAME and the ARROW” and “WHITE TOWER” were playing go to below link and type in “200 w commerce street"
View link

RGN5SPA on August 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

My dad used to work at this theater in the late 60 to early 70s as well as the Riviera Drive in projectionist for Both theaters at the time.

Cimarron on August 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

RGN5SPA, if you see this note, clik on the photos tab at top of page to see Yale Projector Rm photo I added. The machines would have been in use at the time your dad was Yale Projectionist.

Cimarron on January 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

1950’s Yale pic. added to photo section.

Cimarron on March 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Early 1900’s pic of Yale added to Photo Section. Click on pic and enlarge to best view Yale in this pic.

Cimarron on March 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Wow, Looks like Bonnie and Clyde’s old car…Could that be them crossing street in that photo?

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