Will Rogers Theatre
4322 N. Western Avenue,
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Will Rogers Theater Events Center (Official)
Architects: Jack Corgan
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Will Rogers Theater was a handsome theater designed by architect Jack Corgan for Griffith Theatres which opened on September 18, 1946 with Fred MacMurray in “Smoky”. 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.
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