Welcome to the website of the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. We are headquartered in
Oklahoma, and have our monthly meetings at the Broken Arrow Campus of the Tulsa Technology Center,
129th E. Ave (Olive) and 111th St. Our meetings are at 7:00 on the third Friday of the month
(unless circumstances dictate another date).
In partnership with the non-profit Circle Cinema of Tulsa, our Chapter is sponsoring
'Second Saturday Silents'
each month at 11:00 in the morning. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids 16 and under. We are showing silent movies
accompanied by their original 1928 theatre pipe organ. For program information and what is going to be featured on the
next Second Saturday, please visit the Circle Cinema page here or call 918.592.3456 (592.FILM)
Here is a page devoted to the first home of our theatre organ!
In 2007 Videographer James Plumlee of the Tulsa World made a nine-minute video tour of our organ. You can view it here.
Click here to visit the national website for the American Theatre Organ Society.
| In December 2014 we elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
Bill Rowland, President
Rudy Geissler, Vice President
Phil Judkins, Vice President
Wes Eaton, Vice President
Paula Hackler, Secretary
Phil Gray, Treasurer
Carolyn Craft, Program Chairman
Joyce Hatchett, Editor/Publisher of the Windline and Membership Chair
(left to right, Gray, Craft, Rowland, Hatchett, Judkins, Hackler, Eaton)
|Our chapter owns a 1927 Robert-Morton 3-manual theatre pipe organ (see picture top of page) that we use for our programs. It was originally installed in the Capitol Theatre in Steubenville, Ohio, then by a circuitous route found its way to Tulsa, where we acquired it and got it installed in the new campus at TTC in the 1980s.||We also have a rebuilt 1903 Kimball grand piano, donated to us by Don and Dee Miller, that used to preside in the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa.|
|Our members have also restored the 1927 four manual, forty-five rank Kilgen pipe organ at the Performing Arts Center of Tulsa Central High School. At right is the Central High School console.|
Our programs feature some artists from out of the Tulsa area as well as local organists and usually give time for "Open Console" where members and non-members alike can try out the organ.
Please feel free to come and enjoy our programs, there is no admission charge but donations for organ maintenance and program expenses are appreciated! And, if you would like to subscribe our monthly e-mailed newsletter, the Windline just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can Email us at SoonerStateATOS@gmail.com and we will be happy to add your email address to our monthly program reminder list if you request it as well.
To see what we did in 2015, click here.
2016 Sooner State ATOS Events
January 15th was our first Silent Movie Night for 2016, and we featured the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks 'Robin Hood' accompanied
by Bill Rowland on
Our February 19 program was quite a
treat, also, as we
April 15 we enjoyed a special program with our local performers featuring music from the great George Gershwin on our magnificent vintage instruments.
On May 20, we welcomed back professional organist John Ledwon,
June featured our 'Summer Silent Shorts', three fine old 'two reelers' accompanied on our vintage piano and pipe organ. As always it was free admission, free popcorn and lemonade and great authentic vintage entertainment.
For our July program on the 15th, plans are for some of our favorite
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