A few weeks ago I asked readers online to list what they would consider the worst eyesores downtown.
I wish I could say I was surprised to hear Stage Center thrown into the mix, but truth be told, this city has always had a love/hate relationship with Stage Center, which is considered in international architecture one of the city's best examples of modern design.
A second glance
If one simply drives by the theater, it's easy to see how it might be misunderstood. It doesn't look like a theater. It doesn't look like anything, really.
It's different. It's not a box. And maybe in a city that has come to appreciate its oddities late in life — such as the Gold Dome at NW 23 and Classen Boulevard, maybe the time has come to give Stage Center — originally home to the late Mummer's Theater — a second glance.
John Johansen, the architect, is considered a master in the world of modern architecture. In Sunday's Oklahoman,
Johansen explained his approach to the theater and pondered a future that at age 92 he knows he won't experience.
‘Not a bad seat'
Retired attorney Grey Satterfield, a season ticket holder at Mummer's, is among those who fondly remember the theater's opening in 1972.
"We loved the then new Mummers Theater from the get-go,” Satterfield said. "There was not a bad seat in either of its theaters and its pipes and concrete corridors made it an interesting and fun place to be.