I really enjoyed your section on the movie "UHF". When my brother and I were staying with my dad in Florida, we went to go see it in the theater to catch a glimpse of "home". It is the first movie I have ever "pre-ordered" on DVD! (How sad is that?!?)
The location of the karate studio is actually on the southeast corner of Archer and Cheyenne, a few blocks from Greenwood. On the corner is Deadtown Tavern now. I used to live in the exact same room where Al and his friend lived. When I first discovered this, my friend who I lived with there discovered that it was the same place and that the same refrigerator was still there!
This building is on Lewis as you state. It is aptly named "6655 South Lewis Building" as the number above the door in the first picture verifies. It is leased by the Trammel Crow Company and was built in 1986. I'm not sure of the old name but it did have another name before Trammel Crow took it over this last year.
I can definitely verify that is the building as I do inspections for all of the Trammel Crow properties. That is without a doubt the place.
The "Burger Place" was indeed a Harden's (now something else). It is located on 15th Street between Sheridan and Memorial. They moved out of that building about a year ago to 4th and Sheridan into an old Dairy Queen...and they even display their UHF posters they had at the old location.
6835 E. 15th is currently "Miz Dee's Country Kitchen".
10/5/2003: It's now Jethro's Burgers & Stuff.
5/14/2009: Now Billy Ray's Catfish & BBQ, Jethro's Barbeque and Grill before that.
Tulsa's First Christian Church certainly was one of the locations used in Weird Al's UHF. It served as the outside of the courthouse where "Noodles" (Billy Barty) was pushed down on the sidewalk.
I was the KOED, Channel 11 station manager when Weird Al was shooting the movie in Tulsa. I got OETA to let the UHF crew build a news set in our studio, with the understanding that we could use it after they were through. The carpentry crew spent over a week building the set. When time to shoot, the crew filmed a million different angles of everything. What made it to the big screen was just a tight shot of the anchor -- no set - no nothing.
OETA (at 811 N. Sheridan) used the set for a couple of years. Then we chopped it up. I took a small section home and made it into a bookcase for my son. He's quite proud to have part of the UHF set in his bedroom.
Also wanted to note that if you are a UHF fan and a GPS user you might find this interesting. My newest cache, The Tulsa UHF Tour: http://www.geocaching.com (This cache has been removed from the site...webmaster, 12/30/2004)
You use GPS (Global Positioning System) or Mapquest to take a tour of "UHF" shooting locales while picking up the digits needed to locate a hidden box of goodies...something of a road rally/treasure hunt.