Completed in 1914, Tulsa Theater was designed as a municipal auditorium and convention hall by the architectural firm of Rose and Peterson of Kansas City, KS. The building was known as Convention Hall from 1914 – 1952. When the facility officially opened, it was billed as the largest hall between Kansas City and Houston. In 1930, world-renowned architect Bruce Goff was hired as designer of a major interior remodel. He had thirty days to transform the barn-like interior into an elegant showplace. The Art Deco style remodeling included draperies and seats, vertical wall panels of white plaster decorated with thin gold dividers, gilded air conditioning grilles, and acoustic ceiling tiles painted green, blue, white, and gold. Five massive green and white pendant light fixtures were installed centrally in the auditorium.
From 1952 – 1979 – the building served as Tulsa Municipal Theater and in 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places with its architectural design referenced as Western Classic Revival. Purchased that same year by Peter Mayo, he named the building Brady Theater as many locals already referred to the historic venue as the ‘Old Lady on Brady’, the street on which the building resided. When the city of Tulsa unanimously voted to remove the name Brady from the street and the arts district due to intense scrutiny after revelations its namesake was a Tulsa businessman with deep roots in the KKK and other unsavory deeds rooted in racism, the venue proudly became Tulsa Theater. The beautiful Tulsa sign has been lovingly restored from 1952 to hang once again on this glorious old structure.
Some of the greatest names in show business have graced this historic stage: Don Henley, Louis Anderson, Chet Atkins, Burt Bacharach, Joe Bonamassa, Robin Williams, Tony Bennett, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Blood Sweat & Tears, Pat Boone, Sylvia, Glen Campbell, Steely Dan, The Cars, Dwight Yoakam, Roy Clark, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Rosemary Clooney, Phil Collins, David Allen Coe, John Conlee, Earl Thomas Conley, Alice Cooper, David Copperfield, Devo, Earth Wind & Fire, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Beck, Twenty One Pilots, John Fogerty, Kenny G, NF, Genesis, Al Green, Merle Haggard, Buddy Holly, Atlantic Starr, Tom Jones, Journey, Leon Russell, Kansas, B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper, Emmylou Harris, Motley Crue, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Restless Heart, Chicago, Kenny Rogers, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, Styx, Ed Sullivan, Survivor, Randy Travis, U2, Phil Vassar, Adam Ant, Leon Bridges, The Pretenders and many many more!
The venue’s impeccable acoustics and reputation for the incredible layout which makes every seat in the house a great seat keep people coming back time and again. We hope to see you at the show!