Williams Dreamland Theatre

127 N. Greenwood Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74120

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

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Williams Dreamland Theatre

The Williams Dreamland Theatre was located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. It opened on August 30, 1914 and showed live musical and theatrical revues as well as silent films. It seated 750 and was operated by John and Loula Williams.

During the Race Riot on April 1, 1921, the Dreamland Theatre was one of the places that community members gathered during the chaos to organize and develop a plan of action. Ultimately, the theatre was destroyed when 35 city blocks of Greenwood burned as a result of arson during the riot. It was rebuilt as the New Dreamland Theatre (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures) and operated into the 1950’s as an African-American movie theatre.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 10:03 pm

The Dreamland Theatrer was rebuilt after the June 1921 race riots. It is listed in later Film Daily Yearbooks 1931-1932 and 1940 -1955 as being a negro theatre, with a seating capacity of 612.

xxx on July 9, 2006 at 1:08 am

Interesting info on North Tulsa theatre history, including the Dreamland, can be found here;
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JohnMcConnel on October 12, 2006 at 1:17 am

The Tulsa Dreamland’s owner also owned the Dreamland in Okmulgee, OK, and the Dreamland in Muskogee, OK.

DavidZornig on June 4, 2020 at 3:14 am

Article about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in which the Dreamland and other theatres were burned in the are known as Black Wall Street.


Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 5, 2021 at 8:53 pm

The CNN documentary “Dreamland: the Burning of Black Wall Street” recounts quite powerfully the events of the 1921 Greenwood massacre and has numerous references to the theatre and a recurring image of the place.

dallasmovietheaters on January 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm

Williams' Dreamland Theatre launched here on August 30, 1914 next door to the Williams' Confectionery that had opened five years previously. It was the second of three Dreamland Theatres although the first was an unrelated nickelodeon in Downtown Tulsa. The $10,000 theater was created by John and Loula Williams who had established a confectionery next door and a popular car repair facility elsewhere.

The Williams would follow up the success of the Dreamland with two more Oklahoma locations - one in Muskogeee another in Okmulgee. But the original theater had an infamous ending. The Tulsa newspaper listed the theatre as one of the many destroyed businesses - along with the neighboring Dixie Theater - during the Tulsa Race Massacre in the early hours of June 1, 1921 ending the venue’s run during showtimes on May 31, 1921.

The Williams created a New Dreamland Theatre in the same spot a little more than a year later opening in 1922. It has its own Cinema Treasure listing. This listing should undoubtedly be listed as Williams' Dreamland Theatre as that was its name on the exterior of the building.

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