At the start of 2020, the Brady Theater board has officially changed the venue’s name to the Tulsa Theater. Peter Mayo, the owner of the famous Tulsa landmark, announced in December 2018 that the Brady Theater would soon be renamed.
Mayo made the decision after the Tulsa City Council announced that Brady street would be renamed Reconciliation Way. Tate Brady, a Tulsan whom the street and theater were named after, was found to have ties with the Ku Klux Klan. Brady admitted at a military tribunal he was a member of the Klan like his father, according to This Land.
Brady’s signature was one of many prominent businessmen’s signatures that incorporated Tulsa into a city in 1898. The circulating KKK rumors about Brady finally led to the Tulsa City Council making the official name change to Reconciliation Way.
The now Tulsa Theater was known as the Tulsa Municipal Theater from 1952 to 1979 until Mayo purchased the theater in 1978. There was a massive stainless steel “Tulsa” sign that hung outside the theater, and the recent name change justifies bringing this historical treasure back to the theater. The “Tulsa” sign has been stored for over 40 years by Gaylord and Judy Herron of G. Oscar Bike Shop.
“Gaylord understood the sign’s importance to Tulsa history and I am grateful,” remarked Mayo in an interview with News On 6. “Because of him we have this beautiful, sculptural sign preserved.”
Mayo believes the name change will be positive for the culture of Tulsa and all of the artists performing within the theater’s walls.