Will Rogers Theater - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
N 35° 30.889 W 097° 31.751
14S E 633373 N 3931131
Quick Description: Built in the Art Modern Style
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2007 11:18:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM1TE5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
The Will Rogers was a handsome theater designed by architect Jack Corgan for Griffith Theatres in 1946. It was a dog-leg plan with the smallish lobby opening into a standee area and the auditorium on the right. The lobby featured an oil-on-linen mural by J. Craig Sheppard depicting scenes from Will Roger's life. The auditorium had a fairly low ceiling of horizontally curved neon coves. There was a tiny stage.

Above the standee area were the projection booth, a cry room and two tiny offices. There was no balcony.

Architecturally, the theatre's most impressive feature was its concrete, metal and neon vertical sign and curved/triangle marquee.

The Will Rogers' lobby is now a coffee house called Will's, opened in 2002. The auditorium is still used for special events. The Will Rogers Theatre is currently owned by Carl and Anita Milam.
Mr. Milam is a great-great-grand nephew of Will Rogers.
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Address of Icon:
4322 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK USA
73118


Web Site Address: Not listed

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