Once a decaying warehouse district, the area was home to two iconic Tulsa venues. The Brady Theater, built between 1912 and 1914, was designed to be Tulsa’s original municipal auditorium. Many famous entertainers, including George M Cohan, Will Rogers and Enrico Caruso appeared here in the early days. The venue is still a Tulsa favorite with performers. Now, transformed into the Brady Arts District, this once-decrepit area is teeming with life.
Originally a garage, Cain’s Ballroom, looking like a cross between an airplane hangar and a high school gym, became famous as the home of Bob Wills and the Playboys Fans tapped toes to the tunes of western swing. Today they rock out to artists like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and Chris Stapleton. Don’t expect chairs – these concert goers listen on their feet.
These historic spots have been joined by galleries, boutiques, museums, restaurants and a public green space. Old buildings have been renovated – or removed – turning the area into a something-for-everyone destination. Summer hums with concerts and movies on Guthrie Green. Strollers watch glass being blown, sample gourmet chocolate or visit with artisans at a violin shop. Food trucks stop here on Wednesdays and the sidewalks are crowded for the First Friday Art Crawl.