Sooner Theatre

101 E. Main Street,
Norman, OK 73069

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Sooner Theatre

Built in 1929, the Sooner Theatre was designed in Spanish Colonial/Mission style, and could seat around 650.

The most ornate of Norman’s movie houses, the Sooner Theatre was built specifically for movies, and sound ones at that.

In 1978, the theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, having been restored to it’s 1930’s appearance, the Sooner Theatre is host to a variety of performing arts, including live theater, concerts and dance.

The Sooner Theatre is one of the city’s most popular and well-known attractions, receiving more than 20,000 visitors each year.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

JimRankin on October 12, 2004 at 9:31 pm

There are numerous photos of the SOONER on the site that show the theatre in original and present day status. They reveal not only how barren the place can appear with all of its draperies removed, but the photos also reveal this to be perhaps the only theatre with its roof trusses (not just beams) in full view, though decorated. Many people wonder how much space is above a traditional theatre’s ceiling, and this photo gives an idea, though on a smaller scale. This is certainly one unusual movie palace.

xxx on May 6, 2006 at 2:00 pm

Check this fun website for good Sooner Theater photos -

Okie on June 4, 2006 at 4:45 pm

Here is a grand opening descriptive article from the February, 1929, issue of Sooner Magazine;
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seymourcox on January 20, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Look into below web link to see clear vintage photos of the Sooner Theatre-
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raybradley on January 28, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Harold Gimeno designed the Sooner Theatre. Mr. Gimeno also owned this theatre building, and was a Professor of Architecture at Oklahoma University. South of the OU Student Union is an elaborate memorial fountain dedicated to Prof Gimeno.
Oklahoma Today Magazine (Vol 32, Number 4, Fall 1982-pp 18,19,20,21) published a complete history of this movie house.
To read the entire article and see good theatre photos, click here-
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Rodney on August 7, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Explore the Oklahoma Historical Society pages to see the best antique photographs of the Sooner Theatre. In search area type in words “sooner theatre”, the press search.
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CSWalczak on April 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

An article about the Sooner: View link

raybradley on July 16, 2010 at 1:25 am

This informative web site has a history and recent photos of the old Sooner Theater,

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