Bryant Center

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: Commercial
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Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

The Bryant Center opened in the northeast side of Oklahoma City in September of 1960. It featured a bowling alley, dance center, a restaurant and a private supper club. Bryant Center was the epicenter of life for the long suppressed “negro” section of town and as quoted by the Oklahoman, featured “activites for both whites and negros”. This seemingly wonderful addition was the epicenter of black events for the east city. Everything from “Miss Black Oklahoma” to Martin Luther King Sr.
Who spoke for the candidacy of Clara Luper for congress, a local civil rights activist who might as well be the Rosa Parks of Oklahoma City. However beside its early success it suffered from the same blight that the east side has suffered since de-segregation began in 1968. According to countless articles, the center had its share of serious violence and crime. Beginning with a teen who sprayed bullets into a crowd at a dance to a man who bashed the head of another man in the parking lot. It was also a well known illegel gambling hall well into the 1980’s. Apparantly a raid was staged, the staff got word of the sting and alerted the gamblers via a switch in the ceiling that illuminated a light in the hidden room. After it closed the YMCA took over operations. It is unknown if they preserved the interior. They ran the property until 1986 when is was bought by a local couple, again their interest in the property remains unknown. It was sold in 1989 to a holding company. It will hopefully live on, but if the on-goings of the northeast side continue this building will vanish into its own memories and to those who actually needed a location such as this to improve this blighted area.

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5 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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Joseph
Joseph
8 years ago

Whats the address for this place, cant find it on google maps?

Blaistom
Blaistom
Reply to  Joseph
5 years ago

Northeast OKC. Exit I35 and NE 23 east then one block south..You will see the lot and building..

chris
chris
8 years ago

anyone know where this is at?

Trisha Welch
9 years ago

actly JUST saw this the other day, was trying to fig out what the old Motel that was at that corener on 23rd (The Wishing well Motel) looked like back in the day I've seen a vintage postcard & was curious & drove down farris & discovered this place and was astounded & wondered what it could have been. I'd seen this article before but didn't pay attention to the address nice to have my curiosity solved lol

biznesschic
biznesschic
9 years ago

Wow, remember going the to bowl back in the late 60's. I remember they had great hot dogs and orange soda. It is hidden off of NE 23rd st, and will not find it unless you are looking for it. Someone opened a night club back in the early 90's, however, it didn't last, due to the remote area, and you just didn't feel safe going there.

Sonya
Sonya
Reply to  biznesschic
4 years ago

That club in the 90's was Disco Lady.

daydreamer101
daydreamer101
10 years ago

My Father won a truck load of trophies bowling in tournaments at Byrant Center in the mid to late 60's. He has one cherished picture of himself bowling at Bryant Center.

RummageTHIS
RummageTHIS
10 years ago

Where are the new pictures at? has nobody else gone in here?

Guest
Guest
Reply to  RummageTHIS
3 years ago

The place looks pretty much like the pictures above unfortunately. It's sad that people now come and dump their unwanted used and warn out household furnishings all around the building. It was owned by a Dentist, who had it up and running though temporary. And then sold it to another Dentist and which appeared to be used for storage at one time. It is so sad, that a once hot popular place, that once held so many joyful moment has become a dumping ground.

Ron
Ron
11 years ago

I have never seen or even heard about it.

Harley
Harley
Reply to  Ron
11 years ago

It is just a few blocks SE of I-35 and NE 23rd. If you take the 23rd street exit going East, and look South, you'll see a farmers market. This building is located on the far side of that field. 21st street runs past the building, elbows, and meets with 23rd street just after a little green convenience store. So if you turn south onto 21st from 23rd, you'll drive right to it.

Harley
Harley
Reply to  Ron
11 years ago

Woops. Sorry, when you are on 23rd street, turn on "Farris", just after the Green "M Mart". On googlemaps it is labled 21st street, but the sign says Farris. When it curves around to the Bryant Center, it becomes 21st.

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

Yeah, looks like those doors may be welded shut. Might be able to find a way in through the roof, but what do I know, its not like I find ways into buildings for a living… Two words, grappling hook 😉

dnroach
11 years ago

Me and my friends tried getting in there, we couldn’t find a way in at all. It is locked down very tight. Right across the street there is an abandoned building that you can get into, I think it’s a church or something.

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
11 years ago

looks like she’s locked down pretty tight.
It would be hella interesting to know whats inside. The area looks like Bum central though.

RummageTHIS
RummageTHIS
Reply to  psychosaw13
10 years ago

stopped by this place the other night, I'll tell you whats inside… all the pin setters and bowling ball return equipment is still in the same spot (i thought was sweet because I've never seen whats behind the lanes), there are about two lanes that are intact but they are covered with chairs and old insulation, roof is hanging, there are still a bunch of bowling pins and a few balls, I found two custom bowling balls as well, an old soda dispenser/ice machine, ALOT of cinder blocks and bricks laying around. I went all throught he place, upstairs and… Read more »

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