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Coleman Theater

103 North Main, Miami

The Coleman Theater was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style, characterized by the outstanding twin bell towers on the south side, the unique spire-like bell tower in the center, and the ornately designed curvilinear gables on the fa├žade. Additional Spanish Colonial Revival elements include the elaborately designed parapet walls, enriched cornice window heads, buff-colored stucco finish, and a red-tiled gabled roof on the western half. It continues to be one of the most impressive landmarks for Route 66 travelers. George L. Coleman, Sr., a mining magnate in northeast Oklahoma, constructed the elaborate theater for an estimated $600,000. It opened its doors on April 18, 1929, to a capacity crowd of 1600 people. Billed as the most opulent theater between Dallas and Kansas City, the Coleman opened during an era considered by Hollywood historians to be a watershed in movie theater history. It was a time when vaudeville was declining and talking motion pictures were on the rise. The Coleman was the only theater outside Oklahoma City and Tulsa that was a member of the prestigious Orpheum Circuit of Vaudeville Theaters. While vaudeville troops continued to appear on its massive stage, the owners also presented talking motion pictures from the very inception of the technology. Thanks to the dedication of local Miami citizens, the Coleman has undergone an extensive rehabilitation and continues to serve the community and the state as an important entertainment venue.