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akamilkcat
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  Message Not Read  Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/20/2019 12:38:13 PM 
My parents met while attending OU in the late 60s and I'm collecting stories and photos for their 50th wedding anniversary. My dad always talks about The Red Room where he tended bar for a while. I can't find any info online, but wonder if anyone can tell me about it or has photos/stories to share from that era? Thanks!
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rpbobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/20/2019 1:04:55 PM 
This is going purely from memory.

When I was O.U. in the early/mid 70's,there was a building on the
road that went around the New South Green.

Looking at an old campus map it calls it Lakeview Community Center.

It had a Pizza Hut and a couple of other stores.

I think it also had some type bar.
For reason "Red Room" comes to mind.

Hope this points you in the right direction.



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shabamon
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/20/2019 2:28:24 PM 
According to this page, there was a bar called the Red Ram.

http://athensohiobars.com/defunct-bars
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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/20/2019 2:32:24 PM 
akamilkcat wrote:
My parents met while attending OU in the late 60s and I'm collecting stories and photos for their 50th wedding anniversary. My dad always talks about The Red Room where he tended bar for a while. I can't find any info online, but wonder if anyone can tell me about it or has photos/stories to share from that era? Thanks!


Lou can tell you all about it. He and some of his friends have occassional Red Room reunions.

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Spid71
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/29/2019 4:25:16 PM 
I was at OU in the late sixties. The Red Room was in a building past the Lakeview Apartments. I believe the building recently has been owned by a church. Fraternity brothers were in a bans called Harper January St Joan. They played there every week, Wednesday night I think. Played until one finals week when they assumed they were not scheduled, but management had other ideas. Did not play there after that. The bar and dance floor were at the top floor.

The Red Ram was a great but short lived bar that was located in one of the alleys in town.

Hope this helps.
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rpbobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/29/2019 7:11:33 PM 
Spid71 wrote:
I was at OU in the late sixties. The Red Room was in a building past the Lakeview Apartments. I believe the building recently has been owned by a church. Fraternity brothers were in a bans called Harper January St Joan. They played there every week, Wednesday night I think. Played until one finals week when they assumed they were not scheduled, but management had other ideas. Did not play there after that. The bar and dance floor were at the top floor.

The Red Ram was a great but short lived bar that was located in one of the alleys in town.

Hope this helps.


Did that building have a Pizza Place in it too ?




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Spid71
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/30/2019 9:19:35 AM 
I don't remember a pizza place, but that doesn't mean there wasn't one.
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oldkatz
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/30/2019 9:53:51 AM 
There was a Pizza Hut, a bank, a convenience store called the Short Stop, and the grand dame was the Red Room upstairs (both a restaurant and a bar). In addition, upstairs there were bowling lanes, pool tables, and a number of foosball tables.
Alan is partially correct; we've had Red Room reunions consecutively for the last 19 years in town. Next year will be our 20th. It's attended by those of us who worked there and friends who frequented the place.
Seventy cent pitcher nights, Taco & tequila nights, spaghetti nights all made it an interesting place.


"All my inside sources tell me I have no inside sources." Salvatore "money bucks" Mafiosiano.

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OhioCatFan
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  Message Not Read  RE: Tell me about The Red Room
   Posted: 12/30/2019 1:40:05 PM 
oldkatz wrote:
There was a Pizza Hut, a bank, a convenience store called the Short Stop, and the grand dame was the Red Room upstairs (both a restaurant and a bar). In addition, upstairs there were bowling lanes, pool tables, and a number of foosball tables.
Alan is partially correct; we've had Red Room reunions consecutively for the last 19 years in town. Next year will be our 20th. It's attended by those of us who worked there and friends who frequented the place.
Seventy cent pitcher nights, Taco & tequila nights, spaghetti nights all made it an interesting place.


Initially I had not remembered much about this place, but after reading these posts, especially this one by my mud crawling Army friend, it all comes flooding back to my memory. I went there occasionally, but was not a regular. I should have remembered it better, though, because I actually interviewed Dwight Rutherford about his planning for this building, initially called the Rumac Center, before construction started. This was for the Messenger when I was doing my internship class there in the summer of 1963. Somewhere I actually have that clipping. Have to see if i can find it.


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