Tulsa Spotlight Theatre Roof Repair

$680 of $80k goal

Raised by 14 people in 16 months
Larry Cochran
on behalf of Spotlight Theatre Tulsa
 TULSA, OK


We have been promising to restore Bruce Goff's artistic and eclectic masterpiece the "Riverside Studios" for about 40 years.  This year, we are finally beginning that effort in earnest starting through the medium of music.

One year of multicultural music concerts are a fundraising effort to raise money to help repair the roof of the historic Riverside Studios designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bruce Goff.  

All funds will be directly deposited into the Theatre’s building account for capital improvements.  Previously donated funds will be deposited there as well.  



Fundraising will be prioritized on four levels; 1.  The roof, 2.  Architectural drawings, 3.  Capital campaign, 4.  The endowment.  The goal is to completely restore the building by 2021.

We have determined that if every Tulsa county citizen gave ten dollars each, we would achieve that goal this year.  So, a family of five would make a one-time contribution of $50.  Foundations and donors are invited to contact us for sponsorships as well.

The building was placed on the National Historic Registry in 2001, and the 2015 list of endangered historical places by the Oklahoma State Preservation Office.  

The building is structurally sound, but requires some major repairs to bring it up to 1928 condition, the year it was built.  The roof condition has affected mostly the upper two floors above the stage.  Repairing the roof will provide some capital campaign development time to raise the additional money to complete the rehabilitation of the building, estimated at 3.9 million dollars by Fritz Bailey Architects.  Our final goal is to raise a 1.1 million dollar endowment for building sustainability without further fundraising.

The importance of this architectural icon cannot be understated.  It has not only an importance of art to the world, but also a theatrical importance of a 63 year tradition of unique theatre, as a venue,  and childhood education in the performing arts with the Children’s Theatre.  The big audacious goal is to restore the Riverside Studios back to its original purpose, a music and performing arts educational studio.

This rejuvenation of this work of art is a natural evolution of tourism and entertainment in Tulsa from the coming “Gathering Place” park to the south, north to the future “Route 66 Experience” slated for Riverside Drive and Route 66.  This is not only a future international destination, but a straight line into a bustling and bursting downtown Tulsa tourism!

Just this past year alone, we have entertained patrons from 33 states and 11 countries.  With your gracious assistance, we can continue our 63 plus year tradition and expand our mission.  We are a Section 501(3)c non-profit organization called the "Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc.

Thank you so much from the Board of Directors!
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Update 2
Posted by Larry Cochran
3 months ago
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The capital campaign is four-fold:

1. Roof.
2. Architectural design.
3. Building renovation.
4. Endowment.
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Update 1
Posted by Larry Cochran
15 months ago
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Our campaign is just beginning! Please encourage your friends and family to give. Many small amounts equal one large amount. If everyone in Tulsa County alone gave ten dollars, we would be educating and performing in perpetuity in a sparkling building.
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$680 of $80k goal

Raised by 14 people in 16 months
Created December 31, 2015
Larry Cochran  
on behalf of Spotlight Theatre Tulsa
$10
Wes Douglas
10 days ago
JB
$25
Jack & Carole Bender
1 month ago
DL
$10
Dana Lott
2 months ago
JA
$20
Julie Anderson
2 months ago
DN
$50
Dennis Neill
2 months ago
GC
$40
Gayle and Jim Campbell
2 months ago
MW
$25
MarySue Wiedemann
2 months ago

Best is what is needed at Riverside Studio!

$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Larry Cochran
2 months ago

This will kick off this year's campaign to repair the roof. If every person in Tulsa County gave ten dollars, the total would completely renovate the building. It's my obligation as Executive Director to give for my family and my community to this important iconic building and tradition.

BP
$100
Bob & Monte Prater
15 months ago

We've been to Spotlight, are proud of its long record, and believe in local theater.

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