Brady Theater to be renamed Tulsa Theater

Posted at 6:26 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 19:26:17-05

A big change is coming for Tulsa’s historic Brady Theater next year.

It’ll be given the new name of “Tulsa Theater”.

A lot of history was made there and not just on stage.

The theater was used as a detention center during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Now all these years later, it’s hoped the renaming will signal a new era of healing for the city.

This is the latest effort to remove any reference to “Tate Brady” from the area.

Brady was an early Tulsan with ties to the KKK.

Race Massacre Commission Member Jamaal Dyer welcomes the change.

"I do believe that it is a step in the right direction," Dyer said. "We are grateful to see these things begin to change."

The owner of the theater has plans to bring back a giant, steel ‘Tulsa’ sign to replace the current 'Brady Theater’ sign.

Not everyone is happy about the name change, but Dyer said it will mean a lot to a lot of people.

"Once you read that history and understand that history, you will realize the importance of that name being changed," Dyer said.

Dyer said these were changes activists worked on years ago and this is a sign that Tulsa is finally listening.

"I know they probably felt they weren’t before, but they finally began to listen and began to see what they saw so many years ago," Dyer said.

The theater's name will officially change sometime next year.

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