The Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa

Layout photos of the historic Cain's Ballroom January 10, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo / Kevin Pyle.


The Cain’s Ballroom is located on the corner of Easton and Main in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The building was first opened as a garage by one of Tulsa’s founders, Wyatt Tate Brady. It was inspired by late 19th, early 20th century American Movement architecture. In 1930, it was bought by Madison W. Cain and turned into dance hall until its abandonment. In 1976 Larry Schaeffer purchased the empty building to convert it into a concert venue. During that time, it was a regular stop for British bands making their US debuts. The Cain’s even hosted the Sex Pistols in 1978! Since ’76, thousands of musicians have played at Tulsa’s iconic music venue. I have went to several concerts here, and that is why I chose it as an influential building in my life. The building has such a unique, colorful history (with some ghost stories here an there) that has made a positive impact on my life.

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