The Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK

Published 08/22 2013 11:16AM

Updated 08/22 2013 11:23AM

The Coleman Theatre:
This Theatre has been catching the eye of visitors on Route 66 since 1929. Built as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, it hosted appearances by many early stars including Will Rogers, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. It has been restored to its original style including the return of the "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ. Today, the theatre hosts ballets, theatre performances, receptions, conferences and silent movies. Free tours are offered for visitors. Donations for tours are accepted. The Theatre is located at 103 North Main Street. Please call (918) 540-2425 for more information. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-Noon.

Coleman Theatre Conference Center & Ballroom:
The new Conference Center/Ballroom Facility at the Coleman Theatre Complex is now open and ready to book for events. Located in the Historic Coleman Theatre "Beautiful" built by George Coleman and opened on April 18, 1929, the facility consists of the originally intended ballroom area plus a new entrance with elevators and restrooms. As was customary in that era of construction, the ballroom area and shops were part of the plan for the elegant "big city" Vaudeville/Movie Palace. Shortly after the opening of the theatre in 1929 and before the completion of the ballroom, the local Masonic Lodge was lost in a fire. George Coleman, a Mason, permitted the organization to move into the space planned for a ballroom in August of the same year. The Masons and their auxiliaries met there until 1961, long after the death of Mr. Coleman in 1945. The space remained empty until now, except for one period of time when Charles Banks Wilson, famous Regional Artist, used the space to paint the large murals which now line the great dome of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. Four "giclees" of those murals were donated by Mr. Wilson and the Gilcrease Art Museum in Tulsa for display in the gathering area of the Ballroom to commemorate the creation of these works of art in this facility. When the restoration of the Coleman Theatre began more than 22 years ago the completion of the ballroom area was just a dream. Now, like the restoration of the beautiful and historic theatre, that dream is a reality. Already, many events--from wedding receptions, meetings, dinners, anniversary celebrations, school proms and more--have been held and bookings are now being taken. For the most elegant and historic setting in the four state area for your event, visit the new Conference Center/Ballroom at the Coleman Theatre. Call 918.540.2425 to book your next event.

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