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 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
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 2016, click here.
2017 Sooner State ATOS Events
January 20th was our tribute to the vintage music of the 1920s and 1930s with performances on our equally vintage instruments by our talented local musicians (l to r) Wes Eaton, Paula Hackler, Bill Rowland, Carolyn Craft, Phil Judkins, and Lynda Ramsey.
Our February program was our annual winter Silent Film, but the meeting night
was changed because of scheduling changes at TTC, on February 24th instead of the Third Friday (the same in March) and enjoyed the great silent
movie The Gold Rush starring Charlie Chaplin.
On March 24 we presented our annual Gospel Music Night featuring our local performers on our organ and 114-year-old piano.
April continued the unusual practice of switching from the Third Friday to the Fourth, so on April 28th instead of the Third Friday we enjoyed yet another Silent Movie Night, this time in conjunction with the Tulsa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where we screened the 1927 classic Cecil B. DeMille "King of Kings." It was free admission as always, and refreshments were served at intermission.
Our May 29th program, “Theatre Pipe Organ 101,” went on as scheduled despite an afternoon and evening of thunderstorms and rain.
June was Silent Movie Time once again on the 16th and we showed three two-reel comedies, accompanied on the vintage piano and theatre pipe organ by three local artists: Phil Judkins, Lynda Ramsey and Bill Rowland, accompanying movies starring Our Gang (Hal Roach’s Little Rascals), Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin.
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