The legendary auditorium is now an event center.
Our stage is state of the art and perfect for large or small productions, entertainment or education.
Known as the “Pride of the Eastside” Douglass High School was a center of creativity from 1934 until 1955. The predominantly African-American high school was repurposed as elementary and middle schools through the mid-1990s and then sat abandoned for twenty-five years.
Reborn from an abandoned 1930s-era high school, it stands alone in its history, size and exceptional sound quality.
At its peak, the 1930s era auditorium featured operettas, stage shows, big bands, graduations and concerts by nationally-known artists. Douglass High School’s music department was honored on local, regional and national levels for outstanding and unprecedented music and band performances.
From the student body would come legendary musician Charlie Christian, blues vocalist Jimmy Rushing and literary giant Ralph Ellison. Douglass High School hosted such greats as the Jay McShann Orchestra and Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra. Civil rights leaders, politicians and cultural leaders along with Olympic athletes and distinguished educators came to address the students and faculty wanting to engage with the school and its leadership that was setting a standard for excellence in education.
Douglass High School is the oldest school building still in existence in Oklahoma City and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
Today, The Auditorium at the Douglass is equipped with state-of-the-art theater technology and is quickly reemerging as a treasured performing arts venue. The high-fidelity sound system, professional LED lighting system and projection equipment make it an outstanding venue for concerts, theatrical productions, seminars, films and special events.
Seating 725 people on the main floor and balcony, The Auditorium at The Douglass fits into a perfect niche of presentation space in OKC. A large event room sits just below.
The Auditorium at The Douglass proudly embraces our school heritage and history. The Auditorium’s mission is to bring the legacy forward and play a significant role in OKC’s creative and performing arts by bringing to the community new opportunities for life, arts, culture and education.
Need a stage? Comedy shows, musicals, dance recitals, concerts, receptions—we have the seats and the technology. Call us at (405) 652-9541