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April 24 2009 at 09:23:01
Name: Jim Reid
Topic: Picking Up Far-Away Stations
: When working at KTUL, when we weren't on the air, we would usually get WFAA in Dallas on our on-air monitors.

One night during Monday Night Football, there was a little pop in the audio and our air signal looked a little grainy. I told whoever was in engineering to check with the transmitter. Meanwhile, our station ID insert came up. When the ABC logo appeared, I punched in the ID, only to see WFAA come up. We had gone off the air, but since we both carried ABC programming, I didn't even know it.

At the top of Jeff Kadet's Photos and QSLs from Needham, Massachusetts, 1963-65 is a photographic screenshot of the KVOO-TV logo as seen from Needham in 1964!

Plus, a confirmation letter ("QSL") from John Bushnell, KVOO chief station engineer, who passed away last year. Wow.

April 23 2009 at 20:10:50
Name: Daniel Wright
Topic: The Brook
Comments: Dave, I think you are speaking of the former Brook theater now a restaurant. One of the projectors was on display there last I knew.

April 23 2009 at 19:41:57
Name: Dave
Topic: Way long distance TV
Comments: I may be able to top the long distance TV stories.

Late one summer afternoon in the early 1960s in Tulsa, we were flipping past Channel 4 and got a reasonably clear signal of a weatherman in front of a map. But he was speaking French and the map was of Canada. It was a station somewhere in Quebec.

A little later we were getting a station on 4 from Cleveland. Still later we were reduced to just getting WKY from OKC for awhile before everything fizzled away.

April 23 2009 at 14:40:57
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Norelco Todd-AO projectors
: Just a note with regard to the Norelco Todd-AO projectors installed in the Rialto, then later moved to the Brook.

Norelco began serial numbers at 601. The above mentioned machines are numbers 638 and 639. Most earlier models were installed at Todd-AO facilities in L.A. I understand that one of the "Tulsa" machines is on display near its last home somewhere in Brookside. It's a bit of a sad end for a such a classic projector, but at least it didn't end up in a dumpster.

By the way, the two machines still in active use in the Paramount Theatre here in L.A. are serial numbers 684 and 685. The pictures they produce put modern digital video projectors to shame. Film is to video as real audio is to MP3.

April 23 2009 at 12:50:59
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: TV DXing
Comments: As mentioned before here, at KTUL in the 70s, we had a very expensive and accurate Conrac tuner for monitoring in Engineering.

Somedays before 8 signed on, the station on channel 8 owned by the family of former Huey Long bud James K. Noe signed on (KNOE-TV). We could see their running of the National Anthem and then we usually signed on and blanked everything out on 8 in Tulsa.


I think I may have also mentioned Ed "Moe" Morris' Vietnam-era story about the aircraft carrier which he served on. They were leaving San Francisco and going near the Golden Gate when command ordered all radar on and up at full power. The radar knocked all the SFO TV stations' signals off-air.

April 23 2009 at 12:32:36
Name: Erick
Topic: Out of town stations
Comments: In addition to the Tulsa World, the Daily Oklahoman's Sunday TV supplement carried listings for stations in Tulsa, Amarillo, Wichita, Ada, Ardmore, and the Lawton/Wichita Falls market. As mentioned, this was for folks who lived outside of the city that were able to pick up these other stations.

I believe that KWTV in OKC was on Muskogee cable for several years. After the June 1974 tornadoes shut down the Tulsa TV stations, Tulsa Cable briefly carried WKY (now KFOR) in OKC to provide weather warnings.

It's sad that with the demise of analog TV, it will be more difficult to carry on one of my favorite childhood pasttimes...TV DX'ing!

April 23 2009 at 11:46:12
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Watching long distance TV
: The previous posting is right.

When I was in high school in Blackwell, OK during the early TV daze, my parents and I would watch, mostly, WKY in OKC, and on some days a couple of Wichita stations. A bit later Channel 5 in Enid came on and we could get it pretty well. But we could never pick up that other station out of Tulsa---oh yes, KOTV, I think it was called.

We had to go over to my uncle's place in Ponca City to watch what was going at Channel Six. KOTV's tower was then to the NW of Tulsa, fairly close to Ponca but not close enough to Blackwell, 'bout 20 miles onto the NW of Ponca.

April 23 2009 at 09:27:35
Name: M Terry
Topic: Out-of-town TV
Email: M Terry at Cox dot Net
Comments: I believe in the early 60s there were still people in what would now be called the metropolitan area who watched both WKY and the station in Joplin because they had rather large outside antennas. Of course there would be the rare ocassion where distant stations could be picked up late a night with rabbit ears after our stations signed off at midnight.

One night after KVOO signed off there suddenly appeared another TV station, which was very interesting. I watched it long enough to realize it was a station in Alabama.

More about this from Michael D. Trout below.

April 23 2009 at 04:54:08
Name: Joe
Topic: ABC Movie of the Week
Email: robertson@kjrh.com
Comments: If you want to see a blast from the past, the open and bump animations for the ABC Movie of the Week, and the CBS Late Movie (both from around the early 70s) are posted on Youtube. Once you see them, you'll recognize them immediately. It was quite a joy to see them after more than 30 years ago.

The punch Avery Schreiber takes in this clip looks kind of goofy.

April 23 2009 at 00:40:46
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: TV tunes / COMBAT!
: Not the best samplings buy when ya need a theme: TelevisionTunes.com.


Look for several postings re COMBAT! by me in the past here. I may be one of few who saw the pre-D-Day COMBAT! pilot movie...whole lotta stars get killed off in that.

April 22 2009 at 20:07:06
Name: Michael D. Trout
Topic: Out-of-town TV for Tulsans?
Email: michaeldtrout at earthlink dot net
Comments: Recently I found an old scrapbook of mine. Among the items is an article by a Cynthia Lowry, probably clipped from the Tulsa World, about the new TV show Combat!, now renewed for a second season. That would put the date of the article at 1962 or 1963. The article includes a brief interview with Rick Jason, who played Lt. Gil Hanley. Although I was and am a Combat! fan, I will omit the article for the sake of brevity. If anybody's interested, you might be able to talk me into typing it up.

Perhaps of more interest is the TV schedule on the back of the clipping. Unfortunately, I must have used some gawd-awful glue way back then, and I can't get at all of it. But it's different from the other Tulsa TV skeds we see on TTM. This one covers out-of-town stations. Why would the World include this? Was it for World readers who lived in outlying areas who could pick up one of these stations? Anyway, here are the stations covered:

Channel 3 KARD Wichita
Channel 4 WKY Oklahoma City
Channel 5 KOKO Oklahoma City
Channel 5 KFSA Fort Smith
Channel 7 KOAM Pittsburg
Channel 9 KSTV Oklahoma City
Channel 10 KAKE Wichita
Channel 12 KODE Joplin

All I can make out are the program listings for part of "Sunday night" and part of "Monday morning and afternoon." I won't include all the listings, again for the sake of brevity. But here's an example, for "Sunday night" on KOAM. Except for the 10:30 slot, it's pretty much the same as the program list for KARD and WKY:

6:00 p.m. Ensign O'Toole
6:30 Wonderful World of Color
7:30 Car 54, Where Are You?
8:00 Bonanza
9:00 Show of the Week
10:00 News
10:30 Going My Way

What the heck was Show of the Week?

I always found those out-of-town TV listings exotic.

It's got to be The DuPont Show of the Week (IMDb), an NBC anthology series (1961-64).

I recently read the late Rick Jason's autobiography online. It's good.

April 22 2009 at 20:04:05
Name: Daniel Wright
Topic: The Delman
Comments: I remember watching the Delman come down. I was about 10 or 11 and the place had been closed since before I was born. My babysitter shed tears over the place as did many others. I think it is a building that in hindsight we will wish we had saved.

April 22 2009 at 19:01:22
Name: Beverly
Topic: The Delman
: The Delman was the first theater I was allowed to go to with just a friend - without our moms. My friend, Kelly, and I went to see Bambi. That was an exciting day.

Does anyone remember the little gift shop to the west, Jama's? I loved buying earrings there as a teenager.

April 22 2009 at 18:01:42
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: The Delman Theatre Manager
: The Manager of the Delman in the 60s was B.B. Hust, who was replaced after retirement by Truman Riley sometime in the late 60s. Mr. Hust was the rotund fellow who always wore a hat and smoked and/or chewed a cigar every hour of the day, as far as I could tell. Truman Riley went on to manage at other Adelman properties well into the 70s after the Delman closed.

My thanks to Corky Coble, a Tulsa stagehand and former operator who has been my friend for more than 40 years.

April 22 2009 at 17:38:19
Name: Jim Forbes
Topic: Gary Shore
: As I continue to catch up, stunned to also see we lost Gary Shore last year.

Not only did we share Bronx and NYU heritage, Gary and I covered Hurricane Allen, along with photog Brian Sweet in 1980. Gary and Brian first headed to New Orleans where the category 5 was originally headed. Predictions then were that if it hit at that strength, the levees would burst and NO would be destroyed. You'd think they'd have done something about that in the ensuing 25 years.

Anyway, as the storm turned west and headed for Corpus, that's where I met up with them the morning of the night it would hit. Remember, no cell phones, no laptops -- nothing. We were on our own to figure out where the eye would hit. And I don't remember details, but somehow Gary tracked that storm in our rental cars and we chased it south ending up in a small town north of Brownsville, Raymondville. And that's where we set up shop.

Sure enough, that night the eye passes over Padre and hit the shore due east at Port Mansfield. We were the only news crew, local or network that was exactly there.

He was equally remarkable Easter Sunday night 1981, when three tornadoes wreaked havoc south of town.

Gary was a scientist, a pro - no weather bunny was he. In a community that so depends on accurate WX forecasts. I never worked with another as accomplished.

You are fondly remembered Gary.

April 22 2009 at 15:02:56
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: The Delman Manager
Comments: Jim Reid, I clearly recall the Manager of the Delman, although I cannot remember his name after 40 years. Yes, he was a crusty guy with many years of experience as a theatre manager.

He ran a very tight ship and insisted on the highest performance from every employee. He always respected the operators and was willing to give us whatever we needed to put a good picture on the screen, including quality parts and supplies, maintenance shifts, etc. I'm sure that this contributed to The Delman being one of the best theatres in Tulsa during that time.

Believe it or not, I may have been working there during the screening of Animal Crackers. I recall this because the print was a new "green" monochrome print that was fresh from the exchange. Green prints were rare and ran very dry and noisy in the machines and often "shedded". I have vague memories of working with Jerry Murphy, the Delman's senior operator to lube the print on the rewinds before the evening showings, and carefully cleaning the machines.

I'm sorry that I can't recall the Manager's name, but it may come to mind. Yes, he could be a bit abrasive, but he was really a very sweet guy. I'm sorry that you had a negative experience with him, but he was only doing what he had to. His loyalty and honesty to his employees obviously extended to the distibutors and studios. I'm sure that he was just protecting his interests.

Damn!!...what WAS his name?

I just found that Mr. I. B. Adelman (the owner, not the manager of the Delman) also opened a Delman Theatre in Houston in 1935. Here are some photos of it.

Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
The Tulsa Delman, 1950. Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa

April 22 2009 at 12:44:07
Name: Jim Reid
Topic: Caught at the Delman
Comments: I have been a fan of classic comedy movies all my life. When I was about 18, they released the Marx Bros. film Animal Crackers to theaters. It had been tied up in a legal tangle and unseen for many years. In those pre-home video days, I used to tape the soundtracks of movies on my cassette recorder. Animal Crackers was playing at the Delman and when I went to see it, I took the recorder along.

I was about halfway through the film when the usher told me to come with him. We went up to the manager's office where an old guy chomping a cigar and wearing a fedora gave me a lecture on copyright laws and confiscated my tape. That was my last time at the Delman although I remember seeing many Disney films there as a kid and also one of my favorites, The Music Man back in '62.

More discussion of the Delman farther down this page.

Last week on streaming Netflix, I caught a old silent short comedy, "The Show" (1922, IMDb) with Oliver Hardy, pre-Laurel, as the bad guy stage manager. The outraged rooster at about 8.5 minutes in had a special surprise for a heckler.

April 21 2009 at 21:41:38
Name: Beverly
Topic: Will Rogers Theater
: Scott,

I loved the Will Rogers Theater! I was there the last night it was open. I, like you, graduated from Will Rogers High School. Thanks for sharing.

Image found on eBay of the Will Rogers Theatre on 11th St.

April 21 2009 at 19:32:33
Name: Jim Forbes
Topic: Thanks Mike
: It's good to be back and this is truly one of the best, if not the best, edited site of its kind. Tremendous job and a treasure.

In the interest of journalistic accuracy, the Serpico encounter was actually the Spring of '81.

Thanks, Jim, I appreciate that very much.

April 21 2009 at 16:25:35
Name: Jim Forbes
Topic: Johnny Rauser
Email: heyjude13 at mac dot com
Comments: As I catch up some more, was sad to learn of Johnny's passing.

Someone wondered if he worked for anyone besides KTUL. He was later a videographer at KJRH.

In Sept of 1980, helping out Al Jerkens for his hour weekend sports show, Johnny and I went over to OU to cover the Stanford game. Jerkens admonished me not to bring my news mentality to the interviews. As the son of a former NY sports writer and raised around baseball and boxing all my life, I figured I'd be fine.

Well Stanford rolled up 31 on the way to a 17 point upset. As we headed to the locker room, Johnny reminded me what Al had said. "Sure Johnny, no problem". We went over and interviewed a very gracious and candid JC Watts. Great interview. Then we joined the pack around Switzer. I couldn't handle the softballs being thrown at him - everyone being so deferential. I decided to pull out the first question I ever asked as a sports reporter when I was a freshman at Northwestern. Notre Dame crushed us 60-6, and I asked John Pont, "Coach is their offense that good or your defense that bad". No Switzer was the gentlemanly Pont, and his answer was stand-up.

So, having survived that 7 years earlier I asked Barry, "Coach, is that quarterback that good or your defense that bad?" There was an audible gasp in the assembled crowd and I heard Johnny behind my right shoulder say in his wonderful Arkansas drawl, "He's gonna keel the keed!". Switzer glared at me, paused, and said squarely something along the lines of "Son, that boy is a helluva quarterback, and he gave us a whoopin."

Johnny and I popped the ever-present beers in the van on the way back to Tulsa knowing we'd gotten the quote of the day.

He was great friend and we shared many laughs and a beer or two. Oh, and that QB was a sophomore launching his career by the name of Elway. John I believe.

RIP Johnny.

April 21 2009 at 14:29:23
Name: Jim Forbes
Topic: Catching up
Email: heyjude13@mac.com
Comments: Haven't been on the site in years, stumbled in, read a Bob Demers note from Feb 2003, laughed and felt compelled to share a story I'd recently told here in LA. A segue from a 6-yr-old comment. Is that too long?:-)

His story of the Raverby/Wheatley/Demers laughing fit triggered this, because in telling this story just last week I couldn't remember Gene's last name - but did his dimensions.

It was early Spring of 1980 and I was taking over as host of "Studio 2 Live". For some reason, still unexplained, my first guest was famed ex-NYC anti-corruption cop Frank Serpico. As a Bronx boy who was a copy boy at the NY Daily News in the Knapp Commission days, it was great - though I couldn't see any connection to OK.

Anyway, as we're touring the studio prior to the show, Frank meets Gene Wheatley. Due to Gene's girth, Serpico feels compelled to tell him "My sh*%^& don't smell". We all laugh, thinking Frank's a tad full of himself. But he goes on to repeat himself, "I'm serious, my sh()^% don't smell". His point was that he was a vegetarian and because he had no parasites in his food his "sh)(&%" indeed, did not smell. We were willing to take him at his word.

His point was - he was trying to convince Gene to follow the same path. Well that wasn't happening. I knew this interview was going to be challenging.

Nervous for my debut, when we went "live" I started with something easy, or so I thought. "So Frank, where are you living now?" I asked. I knew full well the answer was Holland. His response: "The earth is my home". I thought two words: "I'm dead!" And indeed I was. I hope the tape doesn't exist.

Best to all.
Jim Forbes, LA

Jim first wrote in GB 154. He's a former Channel 2 "Troubleshooter", and the voice behind VH1's "Behind The Music" program. Good to hear from you, Jim!

April 21 2009 at 12:59:30
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Theatre stuff
: Beverly, Gary and Mike... thanks for your kind comments and for taking an interest in my memories of being a motion picture machine operator. It was a very pleasant part of my life in Tulsa. Along with many other operators, I really enjoyed doing my best to put a good-quality picture on the screen. I always got along well with the managers and other theatre employees, even though some might have resented the fact that operators were making about $6.00 per hour... a very good wage for the 60s.

Mike, there are no more MPMO Locals in any city. The IA International changed its name to "The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the U.S. and Canada" several years ago, eliminating the MPMO term. Here in Hollywood, studio and video projectionists were absorbed into Local 695 "Production Sound Technicians, Television Engineers, Video Assist Technicians and Studio Projectionists".

Yes, most booths in Tulsa had telephones and operators often chatted during shifts, although there was more to do in the booth than one might realize. I was still attending Will Rogers High during much of my eary work, so I used the time to do homework as part of the deal with my parents. I could work the booths as long as my grades were OK and they liked the fact that I was able to buy my own car and pay for the gas!! By the way, I worked the Will Rogers Theatre many times. They had Brenkert BX-60s with Peerless Magnarc lamps.

Yes, George Sisco was the BA of Local 513 during those days. He was always very nice to me and gave me a lot of work. I always loved the Holidays.... everyone wanted time off for Christmas and New Years. I often worked double-shifts and took home $72.00 for a days work. Sweet....

OK, I'll shut-up...

April 21 2009 at 10:26:58
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Posters
Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com
Comments: Bob. I never bought posters where you did, but I did buy most all of my cool T-shirts at the Townsend top shop at the Annex mall. Then I would head over to Spencer gifts for the black light posters, bulbs and other crazy stuff. You could not even see my bedroom walls or ceiling for all of the posters I had.

Starship was also a great source for everything black light.

April 21 2009 at 05:54:07
Name: Bob Swanson
Topic: Another Point of View
Email: robswanson2@yahoo.com
Comments: When I was 13 to 15 years old I used to buy posters at "Another Point of View" at Southroads Mall. I'd take my money earned from my Tulsa Tribune paper route and buy Beatles posters (the Richard Avedon ones). Once bought an Arlo Guthrie poster for my friend Marcia's birthday and even got my mom a Tiny Tim (tiptoe throught the tulips) poster for her birthday...poor woman! (though I wish we still had it, lol)

I wasn't really into the black light posters as I was younger than the psychedelic crowd, mostly I was a KAKC/KELi loving kid (more Beatles/ Lovin' Spoonful than Hendrix) Had a Radio Shack radio that I could hang on my bicycle's handlebars as my dad had lovingly made me a case for it crafted from supplies from Tandy Leather.

Great place, great times...thanks.

Bob Swanson
The Rock Advocates
Denver Colorado

April 21 2009 at 00:14:45
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: The Delman / MPMO shops?
: Why wasn't the balcony EVER open?

One of the last movies that Matt Bunyan and I saw there - now nearly 30 years ago - was some awful vampire-comedy with David Niven. Niven was phoning it in and just taking a check. Pretty sad.


Are there any Union projectionists working in Tulsa?

Several us from 8 knew MPMO business manager, George Sisco. I learned that projectionists were often bored on long runs and would yack your ear off on the phone. In some houses, managers and concession folks were friendly with the projectionist but in others, very anti-union.

A lot of the owners were into projectionist-managers in the 80s; it was a trend from the West Coast. Several friends who took on these jobs had concession staff try to steal them blind. You can't be a four-plex booth AND downstairs all the time..

The MAJESTIC was porn when I lived in Tulsa, but I would have loved to seen it in art house days.

The Orpheum was coming down when I was a TU freshman in Fall of 1969.

April 20 2009 at 23:36:19
Name: Gary ChewGary Chew
Topic: Delman Rides Again
Hey Scott, I gotta back up Bev on you're not boring me, either. Interesting stuff.

And I agree with you and her: I think the Delman was my fave Tulsa movie house. If my memory is firing on all cylinders, right now, I think that's the place I saw the Jack Nicholson-directed film, "Drive, He Said." with Karen Black. I think I also saw "The Last Detail" with him at the Delman. Jack's done some great stuff in his day, but one of his best and funniest pictures was another he directed and starred in: "Goin' South" with Mary Steenburgen. I was on the floor almost all through that flick. Jack was just playin' himself in that one, fur shur, and no one does it better.

Delmo Be Diggin' The Delman

April 20 2009 at 20:40:18
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: The Delman
: Beverly, I worked often at the Delman. As I recall the booth had a pair of Simplex XLs with RCA 9030 sound heads and Strong Mighty-Ninety lamps. I always felt that the Delman attracted a rather special audience and booked well-chosen features in the 60s.

Besides, I could get great burgers at Van's just across the street. My basic lunch was two double-cheeseburgers, fresh-cut fries and cole slaw. I still remember that thin and ageing man who flattened every fresh patty on a white board before placing it on the well-seasoned flat top. Yum...!!

Van's Hamburgers at 15th and Lewis
Van's Hamburgers at 15th and Lewis, courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa. Click for larger view.

April 20 2009 at 19:26:45
Name: Beverly
Topic: The Delman
Comments: Scott, You weren't boring me at all! I found all of that information so interesting. I wish I could remember the downtown (or uptown) theaters. I'm just barely too young. I do remember the Delman very well. Having grown up so close to 15th and Lewis, I was lucky to have gone there many times.

I cried when it was torn down.

April 20 2009 at 17:52:57
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Those closed theatres
Comments: In response to Frank's comments: In the 60s I was serving as an apprentice in projectionist's Local 513 on my way to getting a card. As part of my training I was dispatched to many Tulsa theatres to cover a shift when the regular operator was ill, etc. I probably worked every hard top or drive-in in Tulsa at one time or another.

I have a vague memory of working the theatre at 18 S. Main when it was running "porn" by 60s Tulsa definition. I think it was the Cozy, but it may have taken a different name by then. I do seem to recall that the prints had to be watched carefully due to the many splices needed to eliminate the "hot shots". The same was true when I first worked at the Circle. I recall screening a print for the manager and earning a couple of hours of overtime to make the edits.

I was very happy to finally graduate to working at the Brook. I remember running "The Sound of Music" for many months. Plus, I could get a great pastrami across the street at Tex Meyer's deli.

By the way, the projectors at the Brook were the Norelco Todd-AO machines that were originally installed at the Rialto for the premier of "Oklahoma" in about 1956. They are still regarded as the finest projectors ever built. A beautifully maintained pair are still used to this day in the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount lot here in Hollywood to screen first-run features. Two later Norelco DP-70 models were installed at the Continental and the Fox.

Ok, I'll stop boring everyone...

April 20 2009 at 17:48:08
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Now on eBay

KAKC sports spinner clock on eBay
KAKC sports spinner clock

April 20 2009 at 13:48:56
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Ed Dumit YouTube selection
: Tangent here. Someone has introduced Ed to YouTube. As sometime Mr. OK-Mozart Fest, Ed sends this Japanese rendering for your enjoyment: http://www.flixxy.com/beethoven-fifth-symphony-breakfast.htm

April 19 2009 at 22:50:49
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Closed theaters
Email: frankdotmorrow@cox.net
Comments: On the subject of old, closed theaters, wasn't there one by the name of Uptown? It wasn't on the closed list referenced earlier.

By the way, as a kid I was always confused as to the difference between "uptown" and "downtown."

There is a Page 2 of Tulsa theatres at the Cinematour site, and at the top is the Uptown at 18 S Main, aka Gayety, Capitol, Roxy, Paris Arts. It is listed as demolished in 1967, but I thought it became an adult movie theatre in the 70s and 80s. Any connoisseurs recall? Maybe I am thinking of the Midtown.

I was unclear about the distinction, if any, between "theater" and "theatre". Discussion of this at Wikipedia.

Here is Wikipedia on the origin of "downtown"/"uptown".

April 19 2009 at 18:53:10
Name: Beverly
Topic: Downtown movie theaters
: Thank you for the information about Tulsa's early day movie theaters!

April 19 2009 at 18:25:42
Name: Joe Cunningham
Topic: Brownie's - Bill Bowen
Email: Joetul at . net dot cox
Comments: Those of you who remember Brownie's Hamburgers on S. Harvard, might want to know that the founder/owner Bill Bowen passed away last Friday. Tulsa World has a blurb in the Sunday "Local" section.

Brownie's had been in business since 1957. Bill's nephew Gary who had worked there and who also had Gary's Grill in Jenks, passed away several months ago.

April 19 2009 at 16:15:37
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Former Tulsa theatres
: I forgot to mention to Beverly that I believe the Tulsa Historical Society has very good information and photos of former Tulsa theatres.

April 19 2009 at 16:09:25
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Downtown movie theatres
: To Beverly: The movie theatres in Downtown Tulsa that I recall are Dreamland, Lyric, Ritz, Orpheum, Majestic, Rialto, Rex and Capri. There may have been more... My memory is not as good as it used to be.

Try these links:

List at Cinematour of just about every Tulsa movie theatre ever in existence.

1954 lawsuit lays out the business history of some of Tulsa's earliest movie theaters, including the Ritz, Rialto, Majestic, Orpheum...

April 19 2009 at 15:21:07
Name: Beverly
Topic: Downtown movie theaters
Comments: Can anyone please list for me all of the movie theaters that were downtown in the 40s, 50s, and 60s? Or do you know of where I can find that information? I'd also like to know their locations. Thanks.

April 19 2009 at 13:18:36
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Sad date in OK history
: Ron Stahl reminded me that today, April 19, 1995, was the date of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Gary Chew responded:

Another bad thing happened on April 19th----1993. WACO!

Then, tomorrow (the 20th)--one of the world's creepiest birthday anniversaries: the 120th of Adolf Hitler, Mel Brooks's favorite cinematic punching bag. "Springtime for Hitler and Germany."

Such dark history in perky, springy April.

April 18 2009 at 11:57:46
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog link

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