COLEMAN THEATRE

Miami, OK
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PROJECT STATEMENT: This historic Vaudeville movie theater was built in 1929 by George L. Coleman Sr. In 1986, noted architect Gary Sparks (later a partner in our firm) started work with a small group of private citizens to save this Miami, OK, treasure. They restored its beautiful Spanish Mission Revival architecture, accented with stunning terra cotta gargoyles and other hand-carved figures. Its elegant Louis XV interior also received expert care, reviving its gold-leaf trim, silk damask panels, stained glass panels, carved mahogany staircase, 2,000-pound chandelier, and decorative plaster moldings and railings. This group even managed to bring back the theater's original pipe organ, "The Mighty Wurlitzer," returned by the J.T. Peterson Organization. This impressive theater, which now hosts all types of functions, receives periodic maintenance improvements, which have involved our team.