See the Tower Theater neon sign light up at 630 tonight
Weather permitting, tonight, our family will take a stroll through Uptown — down Hudson Avenue to NW 23rd — to witness the celebratory lighting of the Tower Theater neon sign. I have lived in this area of town for the last 10 years. Prior to that, in the early 1990s, I lived one block from the Tower Theater. Back then, my friends and family were afraid to come see me for fear they might be robbed or shot.
Revitalization of Uptown – OKC
I, along with countless others, have witnessed the renaissance and revitalization of Oklahoma City. I’ve celebrated Western Avenue and the Plaza District; the metamorphosis of Mid-Town, and let’s not forget MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects). But, honestly, I’ve had to wonder if Uptown – NW 23rd Street between Classen and Broadway — would ever come along. This has been a long time in coming, and for me, it is the most personal of the revitalizations that have taken place. Some of my best memories of my youth and young adulthood were lived out along this urban byway that is Northwest 23rd Street, and my kids are growing up, passing the Tower Theater every day. What a lesson for them in preservation and history.
Not that long ago, Robert took little Juliette, not so little anymore, every Saturday morning, along with the family dog, to get donuts at the building that now houses Big Truck Tacos. The Vietnamese lady always had an extra donut hole for our Sheltie, Joey. Big Truck will be there tonight to hand out vouchers to the first 100 people to show up for the lighting. The vouchers are good for two tacos and a drink.
And, what was a relatively long time ago, I shopped inside Cuppies and Joe (also on NW 23rd) before the cupcake craze. I shopped for vintage clothes and antique earrings with Joanna. I miss her. If I ever had a neighborhood, this is it, and now, the lighting of the Tower Theater is a sign – no pun intended – of more great things to come.
Tonight is also First Friday in The Paseo. I hope I see you around!
About the Tower Theater
Oklahoma City’s Tower Theater officially opened in 1937 on an original stretch of Route 66. It was one of the first suburban theaters in Oklahoma City. Since then, I’d say the definition of suburban has changed dramatically.
What do you think of the Tower Theater neon sign?