Circle Cinema celebrates 85 years

TULSA - The historic Circle Cinema is gearing up to celebrate its 85th Anniversary. 

The directors of the foundation will hold a ribbon cutting Monday to show off their newly renovated building.  

The iconic piece of history will have an updated lobby and a completed facade reminiscent of its same look from 1952. 

Directors of the foundation say its important to keep the old look because it traces back to their historical roots. 

Long-time movie watcher Ed Schermerhorn is already happy with the new changes he's seeing. 

"It's a boom to the area...I've seen many different faces and it's really coming alive," Schermerhorn said. 

To kick start their anniversary, the Circle Cinema directors unveiled their largest movie theater on Friday. 

It seats nearly 250 people.    

There are a ton of events lined up for the weekend leading up to Monday's ribbon cutting. This weekend, you can catch a number of flicks and watch plenty that feature Oklahoma movie makers. 

Directors believe the new theater addition and other renovations will bring in more people and new movies to the area. 

"We really wanted to re-open the space. Make it functional again. Make it a gathering place again for people to come together. And we're fortunate that it's all, the dream finally come true," Executive Director of the Circle Cinema Foundation Stephanie LaFevers said. 

LaFevers' says it important for the theater to continue to expand and to grow. Tyler Vaughn, a movie watcher from Oklahoma City, is all ready seeing the effects of a larger movie theater.
 
He says the more popular movies, documentaries, independent and foreign films will keep him coming back for more. 
 
"It's a nice place. People want to come here...I think there should be more of these types of places around," Vaughn said. 
 
The historical Circle Cinema opened back in 1928 and shut down in the late 90s. It re-opened in 2004. Today, it stands as Tulsa's only independent, non-profit art house theater. 
 
With the new additions to the building, the theater now sits nearly 500 people and serves nearly 35,000 people a year. 

 

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