TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa's oldest-standing movie theater is preparing for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival happening next week.
This year's festival will take place digitally via an online platform and in-person screenings across the United States.
Circle Cinema, Oklahoma's only Satellite Screen for the festival, is presenting 14 films over the six days. The films are being presented both in-theater at Circle Cinema and at Admiral Twin's drive-in.
“Safety is our top priority,” commented Chuck Foxen, Circle Cinema Programmer. “We have been working with experts in event planning to prepare our staff for a choreographed transition between screenings for both people and cars. While our in-person screenings will be limited to 20% of theater capacity and the Admiral Twin limited to 200 cars per screening, we are striving to make sure everyone has a safe, pleasant experience.”
Circle Cinema first opened its doors in 1928 and now operates as the only nonprofit cinema in Tulsa, according to the theater's website. It also houses a "Walk of Fame" honoring film legends with ties to Oklahoma and Tulsa.
Officials said tickets to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival screenings are moving fast, in fact, four in-theater screenings have already sold out.
Last week, Circle Cinema announced 100 percent of ticket sales are being donated to the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
“We are grateful to be selected as the recipient of proceeds from Circle Cinema’s Sundance screenings,” said Phil Armstrong, project director for the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, “We are grateful, not only for the financial support, but the opportunity for film lovers across the state and world to know about the tragedy that happened here in 1921 and the resilient spirit of our survivors and community 100 years later.”
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival takes place from Thursday, Jan. 28th through Tuesday, Feb 2nd.
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