Monday, February 9, 2015

Did you know......?

Despite my sporadic posting here, I am still around- researching, writing, teaching and discovering new things that I want to share here.  The latest “Whaaaat?” moment I had was yesterday while browsing through the 1915 Tulsa World (May 18) newspaper online.  I did not know that Tulsa once had a huge motion picture studio back then- did you?  It had only been open for about 30 days when this article was written in a special edition of the Tulsa World called Achievements of Tulsa:

Upon further research, I found another Tulsan who also knew about this little bit of history- author John Wooley.  He wrote a book a few years back titled Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema

In it he quotes another Tulsa newspaper from that time, The Tulsa Democrat.  The movie studio was headline news on April 27, 1915 and it was to produce movies that would be distributed all over America and into Europe.  

The studio was built on and around what was then considered the fairgrounds, located just outside of city limits, north of the Frisco railroad tracks between Main and Archer on 15 acres.  With a lake.  Wow.

If you want to know more about this studio and other interesting facts, check out Mr. Wooley's book.  


Lazzaro said...

Holy Cow!

Hard to wrap my mind around the notion and the location. Wow, indeed.

Nancy said...

Same here Lazzaro!

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Unknown said...

Nancy, I am the Director of Advertising for Reasor's and would like to see if we could get permission to print some of the Brookside pictures for the inside of our new location in the neighborhood. My email is

Anonymous said...


I absolutely love this blog post, especially because I just found out that I will be moving to Tulsa in the next three months with the rest of my family. I had no idea how rich in history Tulsa was, so thanks to you I now have a whole list of places I can show my kids when we finally move to Tulsa!

I will have to investigate further and see if the movie studio from 1915 is still around. If so, I will have to make sure to take my kids there. After all, with their love of so many movies currently out, this is definitely a Tulsa attraction that they will find interesting. Chances are that they will want to keep coming back!

Needless to say, I cannot wait to see what you share next about the city of Tulsa. Keep the tips comin'!


Nancy said...

Thanks Tammy- You will be as amazed as the rest of us locals to see what is now where that old movie studio was. No hint at all that it was ever there!

Anonymous said...


Your Blog is a godsend. So much information, both historically and practically. This has been a real Tulsa education. We plan on moving to Tulsa next year.

Keep up the good work.


Nancy said...

Why thank you Bill. It is why I leave it up, posting or not.