Coleman Theatre Beautiful

This fascinating documentary takes viewers on a trip down historic Route 66 to explore one of Oklahoma’s oldest and most elegant theaters still in existence – the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma.

Explore the beauty of the theater’s architecture and its history through stories, archival footage and photographs from past performances. Independent Native American producers Dan Bigbee and Lily Shangreaux of Stillwater-based BIG Productions worked in collaboration with RSU Public TV producer Tim Yoder to produce the documentary.

Originally a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, the Coleman Theatre opened to a full house of 1,600 at a $1 a seat, on April 18, 1929. Built by George L. Coleman, Sr., a local mining magnate, the opulent structure with Louis XV interior design dazzled the audiences of the day. From that day forward the Coleman has never been ‘dark.’

Also included is The Jewel of the Coleman, an up-close look at the spectacular 2,000 pound crystal chandelier.

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