Tower Theatre

425 NW 23rd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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Previously operated by: Cinema West, Cooper Foundation, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Functions: Live Music Venue, Movies (Film Festivals)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 405.708.6937

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Tower Theatre

The Tower Theatre 23rd Street entrance (another entrance was located off 24th Street) had a narrow facade, with an extemely long, shooting gallery style lobby which led into a large lobby located beneath a balcony.

Opened July 15, 1937, the 1,500 seat, ornate auditorium had a complete working stage, pipe organ, and billowing, scarlet waterfall stage curtains.

It underwent renovations in 1953 and in 1968. The Tower Theatre closed as an adult movie theatre in 1989. It briefly reopened as a live music venue in the 1990’s but closed in 2000. reopened as a live music venue with some use as a host to film festivals in April 2016.

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Cimarron on February 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

1965 “Sound Of Music” Ad included in Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 8, 2014 at 12:17 am

Pic of Tower Theater, Oklahoma City, Night Time, Showing “Sound Of Music” added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on July 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Pic of Marquee and crowd in line for showing of “Unsinkable Molly Brown” uploaded in Photo Section.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Tower. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

DavidZornig on January 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

The Tower Theater is shooting to reopen as a music venue in April.

Cimarron on January 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Well, hope OKC is supportive of this new endeaver as this old theater has become somewhat of a land mark. Thanks for posting.

Cimarron on May 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Pic added to Photo Section…Playing “Sand Pebbles”

CStefanic on May 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

I attended film school at OCU just up the street. My twin and I desperately tried to get interest and investment into the Theatre, but could not do so. Not sure why. It’s original Norelco 70mm/35mm projector equipment were still intact.

If anyone has information on these projectors – if they are still intact – PLEASE E-MAIL ME.

Trolleyguy on February 26, 2018 at 10:27 am

this theatre should be listed as OPEN as a live events performance venue. Film festivals are also featured. Updated Website: Phone:405-708-6937

robboehm on March 19, 2021 at 3:17 pm

A detailed article on the history of the Tower (with minor references to other early downtown Oklahoma City theatres) can be found at>2009/09>tower-theatre. Among the interesting facts is that the building permit said the cost of the theatre would be $38,000.

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