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The Moonlight Apothecary restores Yale Theater building to its former glory

The Moonlight Apothecary opened in September 3rd, but the inside looks like it was opened ages ago. Owner Amy Parker has taken the newly-remodeled medical marijuana dispensary and retrofit the lobby to give it the appearance of it’s best days as the Yale Theater, which it operated as from 1912-1954 before it burned partially. Parker says getting to the look it has now wasn’t easy. “We wanted to take it back to the bones as much as possible, and celebrate it’s history,” she says. “It had been remodeled numerous times. There was old 70s wooden paneling, and we took that…

The Moonlight Apothecary opened in September 3rd, but the inside looks like it was opened ages ago. Owner Amy Parker has taken the newly-remodeled medical marijuana dispensary and retrofit the lobby to give it the appearance of it’s best days as the Yale Theater, which it operated as from 1912-1954 before it burned partially.

Photos of the Yale Theater’s yesteryear days are in the Moonlight Apothecary.

Parker says getting to the look it has now wasn’t easy. “We wanted to take it back to the bones as much as possible, and celebrate it’s history,” she says.

“It had been remodeled numerous times. There was old 70s wooden paneling, and we took that off, Stripped it down to the original brick in some places.”

The floor was another challenge. Parker says after trying multiple rented machines, they still had to hit it by hand, because of the amount of glue and carpet attached to it.

Add in movie posters from the era when it was functioning as a theater, and you almost have a complete look. Parker says the icing on the cake was the purple theater seats that sit inside a roped-off area. 

“Wanted to stay local with the money that we spent in remodeling,” she said. The first set of seats came from Vintage Rose on Dewey Ave.

“She actually gave me a couple of other ideas. My register stand came from there.”

After we opened, a couple came in and said “we have the other side of the theater seats,” and they were delivered that Sunday. There’s just been a lot of community support to get this place open, she says.

Moonlight is located at 7 S. Main and open seven days a week, from 10 am to 8 pm.

About the Author

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.

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