Read the current issue of our monthly newsletter
The Windline.

Welcome to the website of the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. We are headquartered in Tulsa,
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 2016 we elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
   Bill Rowland, President
   Rudy Geissler, Vice President
   Phil Judkins, Vice President
   Paula Hackler, Secretary
   Phil Gray, Treasurer
   Lynda Ramsey, Program Chairman
   Carolyn Craft, Program Chairman Emeritus
   Joyce Hatchett, Editor/Publisher of the Windline and Membership Chair

 (Top Row: Ramsey, Gray, Craft, Hackler, Judkins, Hatchett. Bottom Row: Geissler, Rowland)

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 Or, you can Email us at 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 2017, click here.

2018 Sooner State ATOS Events

The 'Second Saturday Silents' feature on Saturday, January 13th, was the 1920 silent movie adaptation of the novel by Gouverneur Morris starring "The Man of a Thousand Faces" Lon Chaney. The movie was accompanied on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ along with another Felix the Cat silent cartoon from 1926. Second Saturday Silents are every month, and admission is $5 adults and $2 for 16 and under. The historic Circle Cinema is located at 10 S. Lewis in Tulsa, OK


Also in January,
due to remodeling at our TTC venue we had our January Silent Movie Night at the Circle Cinema on Monday the 15th, showing the 1925 full-length feature classic "Seven Chances" starring Buster Keaton. This great silent movie was accompanied by Bill Rowland on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ.


Saturday, February 10 the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" screened Harold Lloyd in "Grandma's Boy," another classic silent movie with accompaniment provided by Bill Rowland on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ.


Also in February, Monday evening the 19th
is our annual Gospel Music Night. We will meet
this time at the First Baptist Church in Tulsa,
403 S. Cincinnati, with featured appearances
by Bruce Wilkin and other organists from our club.
The event is at 7:00 and there is free admission.


March 10th

Overflow crowd for the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema," it flowed over to Theatre II, where they piped in the organ accompaniment along with the picture. Thanks again to Hughes Lumber for providing free admission to our annual Tom Mix event ("The Riders of the Purple Sage" 1925 silent movie) and to the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey for a display of his memorabilia and help with the Western Attire Contest! A great success!

Also in March, on Palm Sunday evening, March 25, our Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society will have our monthly program at the First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder in Tulsa, and show the classic 1928 Cecil B. deMille silent movie "The King Of Kings" accompanied by Bill Rowland on the church's pipe organ. Admission is free, program time is 5:00 PM.

Main Chamber 1 Main Chamber 2 Main Chamber 3 Solo Chamber 1 Solo Chamber 2 Solo Chamber 3

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