Yale Theatre

Will Rogers Boulevard,
Claremore, OK 74017

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Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company, Robb & Rowley-United Inc.

Architects: Jack M. Corgan, William J. Moore Jr.

Firms: Corgan & Moore

Styles: Art Deco

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Yale Theatre

Vintage 1930’s photographs illustrate that the Yale Theatre was a true “Ugly Duckling” story. Originally built inside what appeared to be a former stone livery stable the Yale Theatre was quite homely when it opened in November 1917. Then in 1936 the Yale Theatre was completely refurbished in smart Art Deco styling by architectural firm Corgan & Moore, transforming it into a beautiful swan.

The Yale Theatre was closed on February 22, 1975.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

seymourcox on August 30, 2007 at 1:10 am

To view before & after shots type in word “yale”, then search,
View link

raybradley on September 2, 2007 at 10:49 am

Claremore, Oklahoma, is an interesting and picturesque place.
This was Will Rogers birth place, hometown, and where he is entombed.
Claremore is the setting for two succesful Broadway plays that were also made into Hollywood films; “OKLAHOMA!”, and “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.
Oklahoma Military Academy is located here.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 3:42 am

It looks like this Art Deco theater in Claremore was on Western Avenue, according to the street sign. It was renamed to honor Will Rogers in 1947. Is this the Yale?

missmelbatoast on April 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm

YES! That photo link posted 11-28-08 is an image of the OKC Will Rogers Theater located on Western Ave.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The Yale Theatre was indeed located in a former livery stable, and the stable had been built in 1902 by Clem V. Rogers, Will Rogers' father. In 1915, it was converted into a garage, and soon after that into a movie theater, according to this Boxoffice magazine article of August 20, 1938. The drastic Deco/Moderne makeover done in the 1930s was designed by the Dallas architectural firm Corgan & Moore.

MichaelKilgore on January 28, 2020 at 4:34 am

The Yale closed on Feb. 22, 1975, according to a March 24 Boxoffice article. “The Yale Theatre was originally a livery stable built by Clem Rogers, and later owned by his son Will. In 1922, Will decided to sell the building. When no owner could be found immediately, the building was leased and turned into a theatre. The Yale Theatre was sold in 1926 to the Robb and Riley interests. … At another time in its long and colorful history, the Yale was purchased by the mysterious Howard Hughes, who kept the property for a few months before selling it to the L. C. Griffith Amusement Co. of Oklahoma City.”

dallasmovietheaters on January 29, 2022 at 3:02 am

Opened in November of 1917

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