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,
4000 W Florence St. (111th St) in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. 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 2020 we re-elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
   Bill Rowland, President
   Rudy Geissler, Vice President
   Phil Judkins, Vice President
   Hervey Barbour, 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 1901 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 sscwindline@gmail.com. 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 2019, click here!


2022 Sooner State ATOS Events



 

Our January "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" was the 1922 full-length romantic comedy "The Primitive Lover" starring Constance Talmadge.

 

 It has been a long period of time, but we have finally received permission to
re-install our 1928 Robert-Morton 3/15 Pipe Organ at the Tulsa Technology
Center in the new renovated auditorium, which looks amazing with all the
major changes that have been made.
 

And, in February we had another treat for you at the Second Saturday Silents,
Clara Bow in Mantrap!, directed by Victor Fleming and based on a novel by
Sinclair Lewis.


Our March Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema was the 1921 full-length Western feature Trailin' with Tom Mix, celebrating our annual Tom Mix Day with FREE ADMISSION! (Courtesy of Hughes Lumber Company of Dewey and Tulsa, Oklahoma)


And in April, our movie was the

Buster Keaton classic "The Cameraman."

Our May offering was the 1924 Douglas Fairbanks spectacular 1924 silent movie "The Thief of Bagdad."

 And in June we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the very first film documentary, "Nanook of the North"!
 


Our July offering was be a "two-fer!" Our Gang (Hal Roach's Little Rascals) and Charlie Chaplin!

 

 Finally, on July 15 we enjoyed “Fun with a Box of Whistles,” an informal fun-filled evening for Chapter members, Chapter friends and the public to celebrate the completion of the return to service of the Chapter’s Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe Organ and the return of our regular monthly Chapter programs at Tulsa Tech beginning September 16th after a four-and-a-half year absence due to extensive modifications of the Seminar Center. The program included:

  • A MIDI file demonstration of the musical grandeur of “The Unit Orchestra”
     

  • Chapter members playing both the 1901 Kimball Grand Piano and the 1928 Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ
     

  • A tour of the organ console and its two pipe chambers as well as an “open console” session for anyone interested in “taking a spin” on the console.

This  event was very special!

 

And in August we featured the silent movie

appearance of Rin Tin Tin!

 

Also in August, our annual program with the Blaskepelle band at the German American Society of Tulsa on the 22nd was a treat!

 

September's 'Second Saturday Silent at the Circle Cinema' was a rare treat! Rudolph Valentino and Clara Kimball Young!

   

Also in September, we heralded our return to our Tulsa Technology Center venue in Broken Arrow with a classic silent movie, "College" starring Buster Keaton and a rousing sing-a-long! 

 

And on September 29th we  celebrated "National Silent Movie Day" at the Circle Cinema and had a goodly turnout for Harold Lloyd and his 1921 silent movie "Safety Last!"

 

For our October "Second Saturday Silent at the Circle Cinema" we  showed the 1918 silent film "Tarzan of the Apes" starring Elmo Lincoln.

 

 

We are continuing to hold our resumed programs at the Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow Campus, with our wonderful vintage instruments. Our October 21st program centered on "Fall" with entertainment being provided by members of the Chapter playing the organ and piano.

 

 

 

Our November "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" feature showed "The Bells" from 1926, starring Lionel Barrymore (before Mr. Potter) and Boris Karloff (before Frankenstein's monster).

 

 

 

Our November program at the Tulsa Technology Center featured "Open Console" with our two
vintage instruments. Our performers included Chapter members and then we invited anyone who
wanted to try out the organ to come up and take a spin. Shown l-r: Bill Rowland, Lynda Ramsey,
Joyce Hatchett, Carolyn Craft, and Rudy Geissler.

 

 

 

Our December "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" feature silent film on the 10th
will be the 1917 Mary Pickford movie "The Poor Little Rich Girl."

 

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

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