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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 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 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 was our annual Gospel Music Night. We met this time at the First Baptist Church in Tulsa, 403 S. Cincinnati, with featured appearances by Bruce Wilkin and other organists from our club. There was free admission as always.

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!

March 25

And on Palm Sunday evening, our Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society had our monthly program at the First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder in Tulsa, and showed the classic 1928 Cecil B. deMille silent movie "The King Of Kings" accompanied on the church's organ, which at 130 ranks is the largest pipe organ in Oklahoma.


April 14


Saturday morning April 14th, the legendary D. W. Griffith's epic 1920 silent movie "Way Down East" was the featured film in our Second Saturday Silents series, starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthlemess, and accompanied on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ.

 

April 16

And, Monday evening, April 16 was a program
sponsored by our Chapter and the local
Chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists)
called "Never On Sunday" where we got to hear
the church organists play numbers that would not
normally be heard in Sunday services! We met this time at the First Methodist Church in Tulsa.

On Saturday, May 12th, our "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" featured the 1922 silent feature "Blood and Sand" starring Rudolph Valentino. The movie was accompanied on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ.

 

Saturday Morning, May 19

ATOS Sooner State Chapter went on a "road trip!" This was a chance for us to enjoy a trip to Miami, Oklahoma to see the absolutely gorgeous Coleman Theatre built in 1928 and restored to its original beauty and to play the theatre's originally installed "Mighty Wurlitzer." We had nine performers sign up to play a session or a short movie, and a grand time was had by all!

On Saturday, June 9th, our "Second Saturday Silents" was the the 1928 Charlie Chaplin feature "The Circus," accompanied by Bill Rowland.

 

Monday Evening, June 18

Our monthly Sooner State Chapter program in June was held at the Circle Cinema again, with our "Summer Silent Shorts" featuring three short silents with three accompanists. Playing organ for Our Gang in "Official Officers" was Phil Judkins, while Bill Rowland accompanied Wm. S. Hart's "Bad Buck of Santa Inez" on piano, and Lynda Ramsey played for Buster Keaton's "The Paleface." A rollicking good time was had by over 140 patrons.

Second Saturday, July 14th

On Saturday, July 14th, we featured the 1928 silent feature "The Gaucho" starring Douglas Fairbanks at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa. This was only the second feature film shown in the new Circle Theatre on July 17, 1928, as we celebrated the theatre's 90th birthday, the movie accompanied by Bill Rowland on the Circle's original 1928 theatre pipe organ (the same one that played the accompaniment back in 1928)! Not only that, but in honor of the Circle's 90th Birthday, admission was FREE!

 


Friday Evening, July 20th our monthly Sooner State Chapter program in July was a Chapter Picnic at Hervey Barbour's house, loads of fun for our Chapter members! Here, Hervey points out features of his VTPO to member Logan Davis prior to Logan's playing his selection.


On Saturday, August 11th, it was laugh time! We featured the famous comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in two silent short films, accompanied by Bill Rowland on the Circle's original ninety-year-old theatre pipe organ. As an added attraction, we showed a delightfully funny Felix the Cat silent cartoon.

 

 

Monday Evening, August 20 was our annual Joint Concert with the German American Society of Tulsa and the Blaskapelle Band with another GREAT variety music show!

 

 


On our Second Saturday Silents for September 8th we showed the 1928 "The Mysterious Lady" starring Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel, and directed by Fred Niblo.

 

 

Our ATOS Chapter's September program was for its members and guests at Phil and Laura Judkins' house with their home theatre pipe organ installation. Great time for all!

 

 


On our "Second Saturday Silents" on October 13th
celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Western "Blue Blazes Rawden" starring William S. Hart.

 

Our ATOS Chapter's October program was our Fall Silent Movie Night at the Circle Cinema on the 15th when we screened the 1926 Buster Keaton film "Battling Butler" and it was a hoot!

 


For our "Second Saturday Silents"
in November we  presented a very historic movie from 1920 with an all Native American cast and introduction by Tara Damron from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

 

Our last Chapter event of the year was our Fall Holidays Celebration for our members on Monday, November 26 at Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa, a good time was had by all!


The "Second Saturday Silents" in December will be "Oliver Twist" from 1922.

 

Watch for our programs to continue in 2019!

2019 Sooner State ATOS Events


January's 'Second Saturday Silents' feature on the 12th, is "Ella Cinders" (1926) starring Colleen Moore.


Also in January,
due to continued remodeling at our TTC venue we will have our January Silent Movie Night at the Circle Cinema on Monday the 21st, showing the 1925 full-length feature classic"Stamboat Bill, Jr."

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