The Orpheum Theater, originally known as The Cook Theater, was built in 1919 by L.H. D. Cook. The theater held 1,200 seats in the balcony and main floor, it was a center of vaudeville entertainment throughout the heyday of Okmulgee, during the oil boom days of the 20s and 30s. Cook changed the name of the theater to Orpheum when he signed a contract with the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit to bring traveling shows to the theater.
This is a three-story brick building in the Spanish Baroque Revival style, located at 210 W. 7th Street. The architects were Smith, Rea, Lovitt & Senter. The facade is covered with cream-colored terra cotta, and is very ornate. The name “COOK THEATER” is shown on a panel at the center roof line. The upper level at the front has elaborate artwork, with squared and diamond-shaped terra cotta tiles, portholes, columns and a swag and drop design. The stepped parapet has decorative filials. A row of arched windows decorate the second level above the two-sided marquee. The lobby is very ornate with columns and much decorative artwork in the Spanish Baroque Revival style.
The theater originally had double-stacked balconies, with lounges upstairs and boxes built into the main floor walls. The stage had trap doors and an elevator to the basement. There were three basements. One supposedly led to a tunnel which went underneath the city, however, it is bricked up now.
Showtimes & Prices:
Movies play Mondays-Sunday 7:15 PM
12& up -$6
OSUIT (with student I.D.)-$5
MATINEE- 1:45PM Saturday and Sunday- $4/person
Call: (918) 756-2270
210 W 7th St, Okmulgee, OK
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