Tall Chief Theatre

248 N. Main Street,
Fairfax, OK 74637

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Tall Chief Theatre

Open as early as 1928 the Tall Chief Theatre had a spacious stage to accomodate vaudeville acts, and was a large theatre for such a small town. Designed in a commercial theme the structure had limiited ornamentation, but still maintained a stylish look.

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raybradley on October 8, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Vintage interior/exterior images of this cinema can be seen by typing in name “Fairfax”,
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raybradley on July 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

This site has both vintage and recent images of the Tall Chief Theatre …

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on July 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

This theater is shown on a 1933 fire insurance map at 248 N. Main. Another theater (name unknown) is shown at 212 N. Main as early as a 1924 map. An even earlier theater was shown at 229 N. Main.

Chris1982 on November 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

This theatre is still standing, address is 248 N. Main St., Fairfiax, OK 74637.

cnicec on October 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

The Fairfax Community Foundation is quite a ways along on the restoration of this historic building. It was built by Alex TallChief, father of the famed American Indian ballerinas, Maria and Marjorie. It was built while they were young. Maria is quoted as saying that she always knew she was a star, her name was in lights in downtown Fairfax!

kcloan on March 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

The Tall Rex first appears in a Movie magazine in 1929 along with the Liberty Theatre.

cnicec on February 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

There will be an event tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2016 in the restored space that was once a barber shop in the front of the Tallchief. Featuring four local Native Artists, the event is the first in the partially restored building since the 1960’s!

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on October 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

The Tall Chief has been under restoration but was hit by a setback today. See this news story for an interior view of the theater as it sits now along with information about the damage.


TheNewtonTheatre on May 6, 2020 at 10:11 pm

This theatre was just in a scene of ‘American Gods’ season 1 episode 2

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