Historic Treasure: Cain’s Dancing Academy

According to its website, Cain’s Ballroom was built as a garage in 1924 before being repurposed as a “dime-a-dance joint” and then a dancing academy. Known as the birthplace of Western swing, Cain’s features glass-block windows, a spring-loaded dance floor, and enormous portraits of the stars who played there, including Bob Wills, Cindy Walker and others.

Although its history is heavy on country and western music, Cain’s Ballroom has hosted a wide range of acts, including Willie Nelson, Asking Alexandria, Bob Dylan, and Snoop Dogg. It also holds the distinction of being the only surviving venue from the Sex Pistols’ 1978 American tour. Stars embedded in the sidewalk under its iconic animated neon sign honor the legends who helped make Cain’s famous.

Cain’s Ballroom was listed on the National Register as Cain’s Dancing Academy in 2003.

For an unforgettable weekend, why not check into the Campbell Hotel — which is also listed on the National Register — and spend an evening dancing at Cain’s before drifting off to sleep in our Leon Russell room, which honors the Tulsa musician who got his start playing backup for Jerry Lee Lewis at Cain’s?

To reserve your room, call (918) 744-5500 or visit


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