Will Rogers Theatre

4322 N. Western Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

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Will Rogers Theater Events Center (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: Jack M. Corgan

Functions: Café, Special Events

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 405.604.3015

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Will Rogers Theatre

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.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

jchapman1 on July 8, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Sharp pictures of the Will Rogers Theatre can be seen below.

Rodney on August 7, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Best vintage photos of the Will Rogers facade, lobby, and auditorium can be seen on Oklahoma Historical Society pages. Type in word “theatre”, then search.
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kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

Some shots taken in 1995.
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missmelbatoast on July 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

This 1947 photo comes courtesy of LIFE. Though listed as being in Clarmore, it is actually the OKC Will Rogers Theater.
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kencmcintyre on March 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

The Will Rogers was part of an article in Boxoffice back in March 1947:

seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

This site has fine vintage and modern photos of the Will Rogers Theatre,

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2014 at 2:54 am

I haven’t had much luck finding stuff that has gone missing from earlier comments due to linkrot, but at least I found this page from Boxoffice of March 1, 1947, featuring a couple of interior photos of the Will Rogers Theatre at the bottom of the page.

rivest266 on August 26, 2018 at 4:47 pm

This opened on September 18th, 1946. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on December 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm

1946 photo:


May 31, 1939 Photo:


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