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The Windline.

Welcome to the website of the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. We are headquartered in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, and have our monthly meetings at the Broken Arrow Campus of the Tulsa Technology Center,
129th E. Ave (Olive) and 111th St. Our meetings are at 7:00 on the third Friday of the month
(unless circumstances dictate another date).

In partnership with the non-profit Circle Cinema of Tulsa, our Chapter is sponsoring 'Second Saturday Silents'
each month at 11:00 in the morning.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids 16 and under. We are showing silent movies
accompanied by their original 1928 theatre pipe organ. For program information and what is going to be featured on the
next Second Saturday, please visit the Circle Cinema page here or call 918.592.3456 (592.FILM)

Here is a page devoted to the first home of our theatre organ!

In 2007 Videographer James Plumlee of the Tulsa World made a nine-minute video tour of our organ. You can view it here.

Click here to visit the national website for the American Theatre Organ Society.

 In December 2018 we elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
   Bill Rowland, President
   Rudy Geissler, Vice President
   Phil Judkins, Vice President
   Hervey Barbour, Vice President
   Paula Hackler, Secretary
   Phil Gray, Treasurer
   Lynda Ramsey, Program Chairman
   Carolyn Craft, Program Chairman Emeritus
   Joyce Hatchett, Editor/Publisher of the Windline and Membership Chair

 (Top Row: Ramsey, Gray, Craft, Hackler, Judkins, Hatchett. Bottom Row: Geissler, Rowland)

Our chapter owns a 1927 Robert-Morton 3-manual theatre pipe organ (see picture top of page) that we use for our programs. It was originally installed in the Capitol Theatre in Steubenville, Ohio, then by a circuitous route found its way to Tulsa, where we acquired it and got it installed in the new campus at TTC in the 1980s. We also have a rebuilt 1903 Kimball grand piano, donated to us by Don and Dee Miller, that used to preside in the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa.
Our members have also restored the 1927 four manual, forty-five rank Kilgen pipe organ at the Performing Arts Center of Tulsa Central High School. At right is the Central High School console.

Our programs feature some artists from out of the Tulsa area as well as local organists and usually give time for "Open Console" where members and non-members alike can try out the organ.

Please feel free to come and enjoy our programs, there is no admission charge but donations for organ maintenance and program expenses are appreciated! And, if you would like to subscribe our monthly e-mailed newsletter, the Windline just drop us an email at sscwindline@gmail.com. Or, you can Email us at SoonerStateATOS@gmail.com and we will be happy to add your email address to our monthly program reminder list if you request it as well.

To see what we did in 2019, click here!


2020/21 Sooner State ATOS Events


In January our "Second Saturday Silents" feature was "West of Zanzibar" with Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore.

Our January Winter Silent Movie ATOS Chapter feature was Buster Keaton's "Three Ages" on January 20th at the Circle Cinema with sing-a-long and free admission.

 

And in February the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" feature was "Diary of a Lost Girl" with Louise Brooks on the 8th.

 

Also in February was our annual Gospel Music Night on the 17th, at Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa.

L to R: Randy Ramsey, Lynda Ramsey, Paula Hackler, Joyce Hatchett, Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf, Bill Rowland

 

In March the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
feature was  "The Great K & A Train Robbery"
starring Tom Mix on the 14th.

 

 

In April, the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema," which we co-sponsor, was a live-stream of a silent movie since the theatre was closed. You can see the short movie here.

 

 

In May the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event!

Click here to see the Circle Cinema Internet page and find out how you can still experience it!

 

 

...And another one in June! the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"!
 

Click here to see the Circle Cinema Internet page and experience it!

 

In July the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event, The 1923 silent film "Zaza"
starring Gloria Swanson and H. B. Warner. Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXog567UV5U&t=1220s to watch it!

In August the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event, the gripping 1921 Western
"White Oak" starring William S. Hart. Check out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZWbmue1Bkk&t=8s to see it!

Something new came in September! The Rodeo Cinema in Oklahoma City premiered "Silents Please!" on the first Saturday morning of each month, and on September 5 it was Buster Keaton's classic 1927 movie "The General" and admission for this first show was FREE!

 

And later in September the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event, the Buster Keaton 1923 movie "The Three Ages" with authentic accompaniment on the Circle Cinema's 1928 pipe organ. You can check it out if you missed the priemere, it's at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCpdRh9XnvI&t=8s/

 

In October The Rodeo Cinema in Oklahoma City showed the second show in its "Silents Please" series, "The Phantom of the Opera" starring Lon Chaney (1925).

And later in October the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event, an exciting Western from 1923, "The Covered Wagon."

Now in November The Rodeo Cinema in Oklahoma City showed the third show in its "Silents Please" series, Rudolph Valentino in "The Sheik" (1921)

And on November 14 the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"
was another live-streaming event, an exciting movie starring Douglas Fairbanks, "The Three Musketeers!"

December's offering for  The Rodeo Cinema in Oklahoma City in the "Silents Please" series is Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" with organist Luke Staisiunas.

 

And on December 12 the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema"

featured Buster Keaton in a Hilarious 1924 silent movie,

live-streamed on the Internet, free.

You can see it at Circle Cinema 2nd Sat Silent: "The Navigator" (1924)
 

Now in November we moved the console of our 1928 Robert-Morton theatre organ back to the stage at TTC, preparing to have our programs resume in the newly-remodeled auditorium in the near future.

  

And on January 9 the "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" was another live-streaming event, an exciting movie starring Lon Chaney, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), still available to watch on YouTube.com, search on "Circle Cinema."

 


February featured another historic online event: Two 1918 two-reel comedies starring Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton.

  

And in March, another program live-streamed from the Circle Cinema, Tom Mix in "Dick Turpin."

 


In April we were again back in the Theatre! We showed Buster Keaton in "Sherlock JR" as well as a Felix the Cat cartoon.

  

And in May, another classic silent movie from the Circle Cinema, we screened Greta Garbo in "The Temptress" (1926)!

 


June's "Second Saturday Silent" was a special one again, a great 1916
Western Silent "The Return of Draw Egan" with William S. Hart
on the big screen with authentic accompaniment on the
vintage theatre pipe organ.

And in July, we featured another hilarious comedy from the silent era, Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston in "The Freshman."

 

We had a great our August film, a Tom Mix mini-festival, and it was FREE! Hughes Lumber Company of Dewey and Tulsa provided free admission to our theatre, and the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey brought some memorabilia for us to enjoy as well.

 

 

August brought us back to the German American Society of Tulsa (GAST) once again for the annual program shared with the GAST Blaskapelle band, it's always great fun.

 

 

Our September "Second Saturday Silents at the Circle Cinema" is special as well!

 

 In October we have another treat for you!

Main Chamber 1 Main Chamber 2 Main Chamber 3 Solo Chamber 1 Solo Chamber 2 Solo Chamber 3

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