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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 105 (93)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 105
Page 105

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 105

A Cinema in Oklahoma City Remembers the Great Cowboy Actor

The Will Rogers Theatre

The Will Rogers Theatre, owned and operated by Griffith Theatres, was designed by Jack Corgan for the eventual entertainment of some 100,000 residents of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area, and construction on a lot 135 by 135 feet, in association with which a parking lot, 135 by 465 feet, was also laid out.

The theatre that, excluding equipment, cost approximately $150,000, was constructed from brick, steel, and reinforced concrete, with red and buff brick, stucco, and glazed tile as the facing materials, all worked together in a modern design. The facade is dominated by a pylon-like tower bearing the name of the theatre of neonized letters in a porcelain enamel

THE WILL ROGERS THEATRE presents a striking appearance at night, with light effectively emphasizing the salient facts that here is, indeed, a theatre. As in other theatres recenly designed by Jack Corgan, the emphasis is to make the fronteby day or night-strictly theatrical and at


sign. The program boards can be read from both streets at the intersection of which the theatre stands.

The tile lobby, finished in red and peach, leads to the foyer done in pink and brown.

The inner lobby features a mural, done by J. Craig Sheppard in oils on linen canvases, showing the various phases of Will Rogers career. The scene shows his motion-picture career, as typified by "A Connecticut Yankee," with Rogers shown standing, hands in pockets, wearing a feathered derby and his famous grin, while around him are knights in armor and, at work, are two cameramen and Klieg lights. Pictured, too, is

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Rogerst ill-fated journey with Wiley Post, with the Alaska map in the background.

A concession stand, with popcorn and candy, is centered in the lobby below the mural.

The suspended ceiling of the auditorium is finished with acoustic plaster done in buff, with sweeping neon-lighted coves. The walls, also finished in acoustic plaster, are done in green, with silhouetts in a cowboy motif done in a darker green.

The theatre has a cryroom and one for smokers.

Air conditioning is provided ,by two packaged units located in the basement.

positive draw for the population's entertainment nickles, dimes. and quarters. Thus, at night, the Will Rogers resolves itself into a mass of light, with the back-lighted marquee featuring the current attraction and a towering light mass to draw to the theatre those who are afar off.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 105