Completed in 1914, the Brady Theater was originally designed as a municipal auditorium and convention hall by the architectural firm of Rose and Peterson of Kansas City, KS. The building was known as Convention Hall for the first forty years of its life. When the facility officially opened, it was billed as the largest hall between Kansas City and Houston.
In 1930, world-renowned architect Bruce Goff was hired as designer of a major interior remodel. He had thirty days to transform the barn-like interior into an elegant showplace. The Art Deco style remodeling included draperies and seats, vertical wall panels of white plaster decorated with thin gold dividers, gilded air conditioning grilles, and acoustic ceiling tiles painted green, blue, white, and gold. Five massive green and white pendant light fixtures were installed centrally in the auditorium.
In 1952, additions were constructed at the front and rear of the original 1914 structure. Upper and lower lobbies were added and the building was renamed Tulsa Municipal Theater.
In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architectural design at the time was referred to as Western Classic Revival.
Some of the greatest names in show business have graced the Historic Brady Theater stage. Below is only partial listing of those artists who have performed at the Historic Brady Theater: Louis Anderson, Adam Ant, Chet Atkins, Atlantic Starr, Burt, Tony Bennett, Blood Sweat & Tears, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, The Cars, Chicago, Roy Clark, Rosemary Clooney, George M. Cohan, Phil Collins, David Allen Coe, John Conlee, Earl Thomas Conley, Alice Cooper, David Copperfield, Bill Cosby, Devo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Fogerty, Kenny G., Gallagher, Genesis, Al Green, Merle Haggard, Don Henley, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Journey, Kansas, B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers, Will Rogers, Styx, Ed Sullivan, Survivor, Sylvia, Randy Travis, U2, Phil Vassar, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robin Williams, Dwight Yoakam
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