Thursday, July 11-Tuesday, July 16
Be a part of Tulsa history and new beginnings with Circle Cinema as Tulsa’s oldest movie theater celebrates its 85th Birthday with six days of activites. Circle Cinema will unveil the restored front entrance to the original cinema building built in 1928. The ribbon cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing in attendance. Before that, however, Circle Cinema will screen special films all weekend as part of the Made in Oklahoma Film Festival. Sunday includes a screening of the 1950 classic film Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart and Tulsa’s own Peggy Dow Helmerich. Helmerich will be at the event for a Q&A session following the movie.
Other highlights of the big celebration include the Walk of Fame dedication of Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo (Four Sheets to the Wind, Barking Water) and an art exhibit by the students of the Tulsa Girls Art School. Classic cartoon film reels scheduled through the weekend, history presentations and the silent comedy of Buster Keaton at Tuesday’s free Starlight Concert (7 p.m. July 16) lend a touch of nostalgia to this milestone event. The birthday celebration runs Thursday, July 11-Tuesday, July 16. Events on Monday, July 15, are free and open to the public and take place at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave. Go online to see a complete schedule of screenings and other happenings as well as venues online at www.circlecinema.org.