What's Next For The Old Lady On Brady?

Friday, November 30th 2007, 9:22 pm
By: News On 6

Questions surface regarding the future of a long time Tulsa theatre. The Tulsa Entertainment Group says it's not renewing its lease at the Brady Theater. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports the group has leased the Brady for more than two years, but while that lease has expired, the owner of the Brady says it’s no showstopper.

For 93 years music legends have been center stage at the Brady Theater.

“It has charisma. It has character. If the walls could talk there are so many great performers that have been here,” said Peter Mayo, owner of the Brady.

“We saw Tom Jones and believe it or not, at that age, the ladies are still throwing their underwear. Of course, they went so low to the bottom,” said Joe Hill.

Thursday night Joe Hill and his wife saw George Jones, but Joe fears those tickets could be the last he'll ever score for the Brady.

The Tulsa Entertainment Group wanted to pump $22 million into renovations, but one member says they couldn't raise the money. Peter Mayo says, with the Cain's Ballroom and the new BOK Center nearby, he hopes to market the theater as a part of a new entertainment area.

He says it’s worked in other cities and he hopes it will work here. In the meantime, he'll work with a booking agent to get shows in door.

“Things change. People change. Everything changes, but yeah you look at Bells,” said Peter Mayo.

And now the Tulsa Entertainment Group is packing up and moving out of the theater. The group says it's not renewing its lease with an option to buy. Peter Mayo, the theater's owner says the Brady isn't closing.

“Absolutely not. We'll take the next couple of months to do some minor repairs and some cleaning, and we hope to be open again by March or April doing the same types of shows that were in here before,” said owner Peter Mayo.

Because he says this place is more than just a theater. It's a landmark.

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