Delman Theater

2335 East 15th Street,
Tulsa, OK 74104

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Delman Theater, Tulsa, OK

This theater, designed by W. Scott Dunne, was built in 1938. The theater’s Streamline Moderne design consisted of a white stucco exterior. A large sign resting on top of the building spelled out “Delman” in bright neon letters. The building included the Delman Shop. The theater’s Streamline interior included a curved metal railing and stepped banister which led up to a large balcony. Its interior walls also consisted of white stucco.

Contributed by Howard Karsh

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m2violin on July 8, 2005 at 9:24 am

And to think a cookie-cutter Walgreen’s has taken its place … boo, hiss.

Okie on July 30, 2006 at 7:57 am

Rotary Club and Tulsa Public Library present an online exhibit of Beryl Ford Photograph Collection which traces Tulsa from its humble beginning as a shabby western town to todays sophisticated city.
Because this site is still under construction these images constantly change page and image numbers, so you may have to browse around some. At this writing a perfectly in focus photo of the Delman Theatre can be found on page 22, image #254,

seymourcox on August 29, 2007 at 5:58 pm

A rare lobby shot can be seen by typing word “delman”,
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seymourcox on November 21, 2007 at 9:57 pm

In this 1979 color slide the Apollo Delman was looking a bit shopworn …
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 15, 2008 at 8:19 am

A 1987 photo of the Delman Theater in Tulsa. It must have been a grand theater at one time.

missmelbatoast on November 19, 2008 at 10:06 am

Why does it keep getting repeated that the Delman Theatre had the largest seating capacity in Tulsa? I think this rumor started with Tulsa Historical Society. At 1186 seats it obviously wasn’t a large theatre at all, much less Tulsa’s largest.
“The Old Lady on Brady” has the largest seating capacity. Next was the Ritz Theatre with just under 2000 seats.

TLSLOEWS on June 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm


JimReid on June 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

The Tulsa Delman was one of a series of Delman theaters built by Isadore Adelman. The others were in Houston, Dallas & Fort Worth. The Delman and the Brook were leased by Loews for a couple of decades.

TLSLOEWS on June 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for the info Jim.

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