Circle Cinema Celebrates 85th Birthday

Tulsa's oldest movie theater toasts its 85th birthday Thursday.

Starting on July 11 until Tuesday, July 16, Circle Cinema will host several special events like rare screenings, guest appearances, filmmaker Q&A sessions and a "Made in Oklahoma Film Festival."

The "Made in Oklahoma Film Festival" will feature films shot and produced by Oklahoma in Oklahoma and produced by Oklahomans. Rainbow Around the Sun and Left of Center will screen on Saturday, July 13, and Bill's Thud and Home, James will screen on Sunday, July 14.

Peggy Helmerich will make a special appearance on Sunday, for a screening of the 1950 classic film, Harvey. Helmerich starred in the film with Jimmy Stewart, and will speak about her experience making the film.

On Monday, July 15, Circle Cinema will hold a ribbon cutting to unveil the restored front entrance and renovation of the original cinema building. Free events include a block party featuring filmmaker Sterlin Harjo's Walk of Fame dedication and screenings of his short films; student films from Jenks High School, Rogers State University and Tulsa University; and a tribute to Mazeppa Pompazoidi and the Uncanny Film Festival.

"We're looking forward to celebrating with our loyal members and new friends," said cofounder Clark Wiens. "If you haven't yet been to the Circle Cinema, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience all we have to offer."

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